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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.



  • Bilal Farhat, M.D.

    -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.

  • Curtis R. Brown, M.D.
    - Board Eligible Ophthalmologist

    - LenSx Certified Surgeon

    - American Academy of Ophthalmology Member




    Dr. Brown joined Lawrence Eye Care in September 2017. He received his Bachelor of Science in biological science from the University of Nebraska and his medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He completed his internship with Ochsner Clinic Foundation and his residency in ophthalmology at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Dr. Brown specializes in cataract surgery, laser procedures, diabetes management, glaucoma, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye and routine eye care.

  • Michael L. Mulhern, M.D., Ph.D.
    - Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    - LenSx Certified Surgeon
    - American Academy of Ophthalmology Member

    Dr. Mulhern joined Lawrence Eye Care in August 2014. He received his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of Kansas and his medical degree and PhD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he also completed his internship in internal medicine. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison. Dr. Mulhern specializes in cataract surgery, laser procedures, diabetes management, glaucoma, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye and routine eye care.






  • Mary Pat Lange, M.D.
    - Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    - LenSx Certified Surgeon
    - American Academy of Ophthalmology Member

    Dr. Lange has served the Lawrence community as an ophthalmologist for over 20 years and joined Lawrence Eye Care in 1994. She received her medical degree from the University of Missouri at KC and completed her internship at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City and her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Dr. Lange specializes in cataract surgery and is certified with the new LenSx laser for cataract surgery. She also specializes in other laser procedures, glaucoma, diabetes management, routine eye care, and diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye.


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