An ophthalmologist is either a medical doctor (MD) or a doctor of osteopathy (OD). An optometrist can prescribe eye wear, but only an ophthalmologist can also evaluate eye diseases, treat conditions, and offer eye surgeries. If you haven’t been to an ophthalmologist lately, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Here’s a look at a few of the benefits of visiting an ophthalmologist:
Assess Your Vision
An ophthalmologist can perform a full eye examination, including tests to check for visual acuity and colorblindness. Cover tests assess how well your eyes work together and a refraction test fine-tunes your eye wear prescription. Ophthalmologists also check for eye diseases, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. At the end of your comprehensive eye exam, you’ll have an accurate prescription, along with new two pairs of glasses or contact lenses. If your ophthalmologist determines that you have an eye condition, he or she will develop a treatment plan for it.
Determine Surgery Candidacy
After your evaluation, your ophthalmologist will determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. Eye surgery is often needed for those with cataracts, for example. If you undergo cataract surgery, the ophthalmologist will remove your cloudy lens and replace it with a permanent intraocular lens (IOL) to help you see better. Some people may also be good candidates for a corneal transplantation or corrective surgery.
Evaluate Family and Medical History
Even if your ophthalmologist does not detect any signs of an eye disease, it’s important to make regular appointments in case you develop a condition later on. In addition, you should share your full family and medical history with the ophthalmologist. This allows him or her to assess whether you could be at a high risk for certain conditions, such as macular degeneration or cataracts. If you are at a high risk, you may need to make a few lifestyle modifications.
Don’t put your eye health on the back burner; schedule your appointment with an ophthalmologist today. Call the NYC office of Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (212) 580-8881 or visit our website to learn more about our ophthalmic services.