Ophthalmology is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye. Your primary care physician or perhaps your optometrist may refer you to an ophthalmologist. At Providence Medical Institute, our ophthalmologist will study your health history and examine your eyes to determine if symptoms indicate the need for treatment such as medication and surgery.
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor while the optometrist who checks and corrects your vision typically is a doctor of optometry, and not necessarily a surgeon or specialist. Ophthalmologists check symptoms such as severe headaches or vision problems and can diagnose and treat a number of diseases, including cancer, macular degeneration and problems related to diabetes. During your regular eye exams, optometrists may find conditions that need to be addressed by an ophthalmologist.
At Providence Medical Institute, we provide excellent and compassionate care for all our patients. Eye health is extremely important to check as part of your overall healthcare.