What is the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?
An ophthalmologist obtains an undergraduate degree, then completes a four year medical school obtaining a doctor of medicine (MD) degree. They then complete an internship year and a three year ophthalmology residency. Some may sub-specialize in an area of ophthalmology by completing a fellowship.
An optometrist completes prerequisite undergraduate courses but most optometry schools do not require an undergraduate degree. They then complete a four-year optometry degree (OD). Most also complete a one year residency for special certification. Optometrists diagnose eye ailments and prescribe glasses, contacts and eye-related medication.
Our ophthalmologists can give you complete eye care services including accurate diagnosis of eye conditions, medication treatments, surgery and laser-assisted surgery in addition to your basic prescription of glasses and contacts.
-Board Eligible Ophthalmologist
-LenSx Certified Surgeon
-American Academy of Ophthalmology Member
Dr. Farhat received his Bachelor of Science in biology from The University of Tulsa. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City and his internship in Internal Medicine at the KU Wichita campus. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at New York Medical College at JHMC in Queens, NY followed by a sub-specialty fellowship in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at Albany Medical Center, NY. He specializes in cataract surgery, LASIK, cornea transplants, cornea and external disease, and comprehensive eye care. He and his wife, Anna, are originally from Kansas and excited to return to the state with their new baby daughter, Mariam.