Understanding Eye Problems and How Eye Surgeons Help


An eye surgeon is an eye doctor who is qualified and licensed to conduct eye surgery. You should know the different eye doctors so that you don't confuse them. You should also know how they can help you treat eye problems.

What Are the Different Types of Eye Surgeons?

Optometrists are the eye doctors you visit if you are experiencing any problems with your eyes. They'll examine you, diagnoses the condition, treats or refers you to an eye specialist who is more capable of treating your eye condition.

An optician is an eye specialist who fits you with prescription glasses. They may also design prescription glasses for you. An optometrist can refer you to an optician with a prescription form that indicates the prescription glasses you need.

An ophthalmologist is the one who is qualified and licensed to conduct eye surgery. They can carry out the services of an optometrist and still carry out eye surgery. An optometrist may refer you to an ophthalmologist if they suspect that you have a serious eye problem that may require eye surgery.

What Happens During Your First Visit?

If you are referred to the eye surgeon by an optometrist, some diagnosis information may be passed to the eye surgeon indicating what tests were performed and what was found.

The ophthalmologist/eye surgeon still needs to conduct a fresh set of tests. You may be asked various questions mainly to get your medical history and more facts about your eye problem. The eye surgeon may then perform tests that might include testing for refractive errors and examining the inside parts of your eye for symptoms of certain eye diseases.

What Are These Symptoms and Eye Diseases?

You might be having blurry vision because of clouding in your eye lens. This is a symptom of macular degeneration mostly experienced in older age. If found during its early stages, it can be controlled to slow down the degeneration. This can be through oral medication, eye drops or changes in diet and lifestyle. Later stages of the disease might require eye surgery to remove the lens and replace it with an artificial one.

The blood vessels in your retina can also be blocked or found to be leaking. These conditions might lead to glaucoma and diabetic macular edema (this is most common in diabetic people) respectively. Sometimes, scarring can be found on your retina, meaning you have retinal detachment, which pulls the retina from its position leading to blindness. Treatment may require eye surgery, injections, laser surgery, oral medication, eye drops, lifestyle and diet changes, etc.


30 June 2020

Caring For Your Eyes

Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Karl and today I would like to introduce you to the subject of looking after your eyesight. For many years, I didn't give my eyes much thought. I always thought that my eyes would look after themselves. However, I got older, I noticed that I found it difficult to read signs at a distance and to make out friends faces as they approached me. My wife suggested that I visit an optometrist and have my eyes checked. I was fitted with glasses which have improved my vision. I hope you enjoy my blog.