California Optometrists

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In California, eye doctors include optometrists and ophthalmologists. These professionals are licensed and regulated by the California Board of Optometry and the Medical Board of California respectively.

Optometrists in California are primary care providers who examine eyes, diagnose and treat common eye conditions, and prescribe glasses and contact lenses. They must have a Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited optometry school, pass the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examination and California Optometry Board examination and meet continuing education requirements in order to maintain their license.

Ophthalmologists in California are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders. They can also perform surgery to correct certain eye problems. They must have a medical degree, complete a three-year residency program in ophthalmology and pass the Medical Board of California's examination and meet continuing education requirements to maintain their license.

Both optometrists and ophthalmologists are responsible for providing quality and safe care to their patients, and are subject to disciplinary actions if they violate the rules and regulations set by their respective boards.