What is an Ophthalmologist?
Ophthalmologists are both surgeons and physicians. They are especially trained and licensed to provide total eye care to patients – from giving diagnosis to performing minor to complex eye surgeries. Some also take part in studies about the causes and possible cures to different eye problems.
How Does an Ophthalmologist get Certified?
Aspiring ophthalmologist will first have to complete four years of college and then another four years of medical school. After that, one year of internship and a minimum three-year residency must be rendered. Finally, they will need to pass a rigorous two-part examination administered by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
How are Ophthalmologists Different from Optometrists and Opticians?
Ophthalmologists are highly-qualified to act as a physician or a surgeon. They are capable of treating eye diseases, prescribing eyeglasses to performing eye surgeries. Optometrists, on the other hand, are licensed to practice optometry. They are capable of studying the eye to prescribe corrective lenses and medications as well for eye diseases. Opticians, meanwhile, specialize in designing and fitting devices to improve vision.
When Should you see an Ophthalmologist?
You need to see an ophthalmologist when you notice signs of eye problems in you such as blurred vision, eyestrain, red eyes, specks or strings in your field of vision, double vision, and loss of peripheral vision.
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