How is an optometrist’s training different from an ophthalmologist’s training?

After completing four years of medical school, ophthalmologists undergo thousands of hours of supervised training during a three-year residency program. Under close supervision, they conduct thousands of surgeries and diagnose and treat patients in a hospital setting. Optometrists do not receive medical degrees nor are they licensed physicians. Optometrists’ training is much more limited: they complete four-years of optometry school, which has virtually no overlap with medical school curriculum.