Many people aren’t sure whether to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist for the eye care services they need. The following ophthalmology FAQs from Texas Eye Surgeons in Plano and Greenville clarifies the difference between the two so you can make wise eye care decisions.
Should I See an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist?
Both optometrists and ophthalmologists perform eye exams and write prescriptions for eyeglasses to correct vision problems. An ophthalmologist, however, has additional medical training that enables him to diagnose, manage, treat, and perform surgeries for eye disorders and diseases. If your optometrist detects an eye disorder or disease during a routine eye exam, he may recommend you see an ophthalmologist for management and treatment.
How Can I Maintain Good Eye Health and Vision?
Regular eye exams are the key to maintaining good eye health and quality vision. Early warning signs of eye diseases and conditions can be detected in a comprehensive eye exam. The sooner these diseases are treated, the less risk of their causing permanent vision loss.
How Often Should I See My Ophthalmologist?
Children with refractive errors should see an eye doctor annually while those with 20/20 vision can schedule eye exams every two years.
If you have a history of eye conditions or diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, you should schedule annual eye exams to monitor your eye health.
Adults between 20-40 years of age should see an eye doctor every two years, unless they’re having vision or eye health problems. After the age of 40, we recommend annual eye exams as preventative care against eye diseases.
What Signs Indicate I May Have Eye Problems That Require Ophthalmology Care?
If you’re squinting, blinking, or rubbing your eyes frequently, it’s good to have your eyes checked by your Plano/Greenville ophthalmologist. Other signs include constant headaches, abrupt changes in your vision, eye irritations, or eye pain. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to preservation of your vision.
What Conditions Can an Ophthalmologist Treat?
At Texas Eye Surgeons, we can treat most all eye conditions and diseases to include nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia, lazy eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and dry eye. We’ll recommend treatment for treatable conditions and help you manage your symptoms of non-treatable diseases to help preserve your sight.
In the case of cataracts, our eye surgeon will monitor your condition and recommend the best time to have your cataracts removed via cataract surgery. Working with an experienced eye surgeon from Texas Eye Surgeons will ensure you have a smooth and successful surgery.
See Your Plano/Greenville Ophthalmologist for Quality Eye Care
For quality eye care services for your entire family, contact Texas Eye Surgeons, your Plano/Greenville eye care specialists, at 972-379-3937 today.