An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists are trained to perform eye exams, diagnose and treat disease, prescribe medications, and perform eye surgery. They also write prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses.
An Ophthalmologist contributes to the school team by providing any needed medical information about a child’s eye health and condition. This information is critical for children who are blind or visually impaired (B/VI) as the team needs to understand their vision loss.