Signs You May Need an Ophthalmologist
Many issues of the eyes build up over time and can be prevented by regular checks. It’s generally recommended that all people see an Ophthalmologist by or before age 40, and continue to see one as often as he or she recommends after that point.
Some of the most common signs you might be dealing with an eye condition include:
- Distorted or double vision
- Loss of normal vision
- Family history of eye problems
- Bulging or misaligned eyes
- Thyroid problems
- Dark vision blockers, or strings in vision
- Flashes of light
- Extreme tearing
- HIV or AIDS
- Red eyes or pain in the eyes
- High blood pressure
- Physical injury
- Problems with eyelids
If you experience any of the above symptoms, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your Ophthalmologist.
What is Ophthalmology?
Ophthalmology is the practice of medical and surgical care of the eyes and any issues related to vision. Ophthalmologists are required to attend medical school, at least one year of an internship, and at least three years of a surgical residency. By the time training is complete, an Ophthalmologist will have completed at least eight years of additional schooling.
Ophthalmologists can offer complete eye care services including:
- Eye exams and basic vision services, including the prescription of glasses or contacts
- Medical care – burns, glaucoma and other eye conditions
- Surgical care – cataracts, crossed eyes
- Plastic surgery – mostly cosmetic
- Diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions related to other diseases like diabetes or arthritis