The Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (MSEPS) is the only state society representing Maine’s ophthalmologists and their patients. As an affiliate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, MSEPS is dedicated to educating the public about eye health care issues, advocating for ophthalmologists before the Maine State Legislature and other regulatory bodies, and providing ophthalmologists and their staff with high quality continuing medical education programs.
What is an ophthalmologist?
An ophthalmologist is a physician (M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in the medical and surgical care of the eye and visual system. Ophthalmologists have typically completed 4 years of college-level premedical education, 4 years of medical school, and 4 years of residency training. Some ophthalmologists also complete 1-2 additional years of fellowship training to focus on a specific subspecialty. Ophthalmologists are licensed by a state regulatory board to practice medicine and surgery.
“Ophthalmologist” is sometimes confused with the professional titles “optometrist” and “optician”. Optometrists (O.D.) are eye care providers who have completed 4 years of training at an accredited optometric college to provide primary eye care services, including vision testing as well as the diagnosis and medical treatment of some eye problems. Optometrists are licensed by a separate state regulatory board. Opticians are technicians who are trained to dispense eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other vision aids, using prescriptions provided by ophthalmologists or optometrists. Opticians do not perform eye exams or write prescriptions.
The Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons is the only state society representing Maine’s ophthalmologists.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmart website has useful information about a variety of eye health topics.