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Ophthalmology Defined

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Updated January 07, 2009

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Definition: Ophthalmology is the specialty of treating conditions of the eye surgically. While ophthalmologists may perform routine eye exams and screens, like an optometrist, ophthalmologists are medical doctors and surgeons.
Pronunciation: op-thuh-mol-O-gist
Also Known As: eye doctors, eye surgeons
Common Misspellings: opthamologist, opthemologist, opthemology, opthamology, opthalmology
Examples:
The ophthalmologist performed the surgery to remove the cataract.

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