Ophthalmologists specialize in the treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the eye as well as eye health and vision. The ophthalmologist is one of the most common types of eye care specialists, along with optometrists and opticians. They offer comprehensive eye care, including everything from initial eye examinations to prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses as well as surgeries associated with the eyes and surrounding area. An optometrist and an ophthalmologist are both experts in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases as well as the anatomy of the eye.
Opthalmologists are responsible for making the decision regarding what surgical procedure will best treat the patient’s condition, as well as for ensuring that the eye and its surrounding structures are cared for prior to and after surgery. A patient who requires and undergoes surgery may also be prescribed eyeglasses or contact lenses in addition to undergoing surgery.
Patients can receive treatment from an Ophthalmologist for a variety of conditions, including changes in vision, disorders related to eye injury or trauma, and serious ocular issues, such as macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and glaucoma.
There are numerous types of eye surgery, including Laser Eye Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma Surgery, Corneal Surgery, Eye Muscle Surgery, and even Eye Removing.
Ophthalmologists can also specialize in subspecialty areas within eye medicine, including the retina, cornea, glaucoma, pediatrics, oculoplastics, refractive surgery and neuro-ophthalmology.
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