Not quite, but close.
Originally Posted by Ian Grant
An optometrist is licensed to diagnose but not touch. A four year undergraduate and a four year stint at a college of optometry are required.
An ophthalmologist is a Medical doctor that specializes in eye care.
Scott, I used to print for an ophthalmologist who coincidentally is one hell of a fine photographer. I have two of his (my) prints hanging in my living room (he signed them for me).
It's been fifteen years but I recall that he was very friendly. If you would like his contact information, feel free to P.M. me.