Sub-specialties of Ophthalmology
There are many sub-specialties of ophthalmology such as ocular oncology, pediatric ophthalmology, cornea and external disease, uveitis and ocular immunology, glaucoma, vetreoretinal medicine, cataract and refractive surgery, neuro-ophthalmology, ophthalmic plastic surgery, ophthalmic pathology and several more…
Should you see an Ophthalmologist?
- If you have personal history of eye illness or if your doctor recommends that you see an eye specialist, then you need to visit one.
- If you have a family history of eye problems, including those that come on later in life such as cataracts, you need to maintain a presence with a medial eye doctor.
- African Americans above the age of 40 should also have a regular screening by a specialist.
- People with diabetes at any age also need this type of monitoring.
- Children should also receive this type of eye care. If your child has any type of serious vision problem, then visit a specialist.
What is the difference between all the different eye professionals?
Other Eye Care professionals
- Orthoptist: An orthoptist treats disorders of eye muscles, movement and coordination. These professionals deal with binocular vision. They help people with abnormal alignment of eyes, double vision, depth perception, lazy eyes, headaches and strain eyes.
- Optometrist: Optometrists conduct vision tests and eye examinations, prescribe medications for eye problems and dispense eye wear like contact lenses and glasses. They are able to detect a patient’s ability to identify colors and check for common defects such as farsightedness, shortsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. They also perform surgical techniques like removal of foreign body from the eye and corneal injury. If the condition is very serious, they refer the patient to ophthalmologists.
- Optician: This is a person who assists eye professionals in providing glasses and contact lenses based on their prescription. The optician helps patients choose eyeglass frames and lenses. Basically, they are expected to assist the patient during and after treatment and help him/her recover.
- Low vision specialist: These are doctors who are specially trained to help people with low vision impairments. Some of them may be ophthalmologist with extra specialization in low vision care.
For all our eye problems, there are many options to choose from among various professionals. All you have to do is inquire and soon your eye problems will be taken care of.
Call us today so we can take care of your eye care needs.
13300 S. Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33907