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An Ophthalmologist is an eye M.D., a medical doctor who is specialized in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists are trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery. They may also be involved in eye research.

After 4 years of medical school and a year of internship, every ophthalmologist spends a minimum of 3 years of residency (hospital-based training) in ophthalmology. During residency, the eye M.D. receives special training in all aspects of eye care, including prevention, diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of eye conditions and diseases. An ophthalmologist may spend an additional year or two in training in a subspecialty, that is, a specific area of eye care.

An Optometrist is a health care professional who is licensed to provide primary eye care services:

* to examine, diagnose, and treat serious eye conditions such as glaucoma, retinal disease and eye infections;

* to diagnose eye related changes caused by systemic (bodywide)conditions such as hypertension and diabetes;

* to examine, diagnose and treat visual conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia; and

* to prescribe glasses, contact lenses, low vision rehabilitation and medications as well as perform minor surgical procedures such as the removal of foreign bodies.

An optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry, an O.D. (not to be confused with a Doctor of Medicine, an M.D.). To become an optometrist, one must complete pre-professional undergraduate college education followed by 4 years of professional education in a college of optometry. Some optometrists also do a residency.

Klamath Eye Center Physicians

We are very proud to be the professional home of Ophthalmologists Dr. Fay and Dr. Stevens and Optometrists Dr. Zelnar, Dr. Tuhy and Dr. Springstead. All of our doctors are fully committed to the complete care of both your eye health and visual needs.

Care Philosophy

Our practice is committed to providing the highest quality care for our patients. We offer personalized attention in a friendly, courteous environment.


We are very excited to announce the addition of Scott Stevens, MD to the Klamath Eye Center family. Dr. Stevens will start seeing patients for medical/vision exams and surgery in September of 2009.