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Most people just know the term “eye doctor”, but in reality, there are several different kinds of “eye doctors”. What’s the difference between an MD and DO? For patients, there is virtually no difference between the treatment by an MD or DO. They are both similarly educated and certified, attending 4 years of medical school,… Read More


Blinded by the light?

Do you block your eyes from bright light…do you turn off bright lights…do you squint…do you turn down the brightness of your screen/monitor? If you answered YES to any of these questions, Acuvue Oasys with Transitions contact lenses might be the solution for you. Did you know… 64% of consumers are bothered by bright light… Read More


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March is Workplace Eye Safety month, and while we typically assume professions such as healthcare, mechanic, landscaping, welding, etc. are the most prone to eye injuries, the most common is actually computer vision syndrome. What is Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)? Wikipedia defines CVS as a “condition resulting from focusing the eyes on a computer or… Read More


February is Age Related Macular Degeneration Month (AMD)

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans, but new treatments have dramatically changed the course of this disease over the last 10 years, making AMD more manageable than ever before. What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration? Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss in people over age 60. It… Read More


Celebrating the Retirement of John D. Wilcox, M.D.

Clay Eye Physicians and Surgeons was founded 41 years ago by Dr. C.M. Harris and Dr. John D. Wilcox, created with a commitment to providing Northeast Florida with friendly service and advanced eye care. This patient mission has been represented over the decades by an expanding group of ophthalmologists at Clay Eye Physicians & Surgeons,… Read More


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Most people just know the term “eye doctor”, but in reality, there are several different kinds of “eye doctors”.

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What’s the difference between an MD and DO?

For patients, there is virtually no difference between the treatment by an MD or DO. They are both similarly educated and certified, attending 4 years of medical school, plus an additional residency program ranging from 3-7 years.

While they are similarly educated, there are differences in their training and philosophy of patient care. Both an MD and DO learn in medical school the scientific foundations needed to be licensed physicians, but they take different approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

MD stands for Medical Doctor or Doctor of Medicine (Allopathic doctor)

DO stands for or Doctor of Osteopathy or Osteopathic Doctor

To sum it up, both MD’s and DO’s are highly educated, qualified doctors with the ability to take care of your healthcare needs. Choosing an eye doctor is a personal choice and you need to decipher what style and qualities are important to you with regard to your care. You should focus on experience, bedside manner, reputation, communication skills, and most importantly, their ability to relate to you and perform procedures that you need.