Many patients might have visited an optometrist to have their vision checked or an optician who helped them pick the right glasses or contacts. However, all patients should know what separates an ophthalmologist from these other fields, and how the difference can benefit their eyes.
Ophthalmologists provide the most comprehensive level of care among the medical professionals you might refer to broadly as eye doctors. They have completed college, medical school, and years of advanced training in both eye care and general medicine.
So, an ophthalmologist can do more than perform eye exams, diagnose eye conditions, and prescribe vision correction options. As medical doctors, ophthalmologists have further distinguished themselves by being trained and licensed to perform surgery.
Common ophthalmic procedures include:
LASIK and other corrective surgeries
Cataract surgery and placement of an intraocular lens (IOL)
Surgery to relieve glaucoma symptoms
Treatment after an injury to the eye
An ophthalmologist can also assess the effect of systemic disease on your eye health. If you have a family history of eye issues or you're at risk for conditions ranging from diabetes to high blood pressure, an ophthalmologist can often detect signs during an eye exam and recommend suitable treatment options for preserving your eye health and overall well-being.
Dr. Wilmarth is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and he has been practicing eye care in the Greater Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville and Lincoln area for over 35 years. To find out how our experienced ophthalmologist and his team can help you, please call Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center today at (916) 850-3060 for a free vision consultation.