Choosing the right ophthalmologist is one of the most important decisions you can make in your health care. Your future of eye health and your valuable sense of sight depend on your choice and therefore, it is very important that you choose someone with the right skills, qualifications and reputation.
One of the most important things that you should know is that ophthalmologists are not the same as opticians and optometrists. An ophthalmologist is a fully-fledged MD (Medical Doctor) or a medical doctor who specializes in vision and eye care such as an osteopathic doctor. These professionals are highly trained to perform various eye tests, diagnose diseases, provide treatments, perform eye surgery and to prescribe medication. These professionals also provide prescriptions for contact lenses and eyeglasses. As for optometrists, they are more involved with post-surgery eye care and prescribing medication while opticians fit and sell eyeglasses or contact lenses.
If you are in need of an eye exam, you can seek the assistance of either an optometrist or an ophthalmologist as both of these professionals provide routine exams designed to detect and manage various eye problems. If you are already suffering from cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration or other serious medical issue, then you need a highly skilled, trained, preferably with relation to your specific condition. This means that you are better off with an ophthalmologist.
If you are in need of eye surgery or other extensive reconstructive surgery, then you will need to be extra careful in your selection of ophthalmologist. If you are currently seeing a general ophthalmologist, they will be able to refer you to someone with more specific experience depending on your condition. For instance, if you are suffering from cataracts at any stage, you will need to seek the counsel of an ophthalmologist with adequate experience in diagnosing, treating and managing cataracts. Since cataract surgery is almost always followed by the installation of an intraocular lens, you will be better off with an ophthalmologist who is well-versed on the subject.
Here, at Florida Eye Group, we make it easy for you to choose a highly skilled ophthalmologist to suit your needs. Dr. Benaim, Dr. Robert Baratta and Dr. Rawlinson are available to assist you. Our team of ophthalmologists is made up of highly skilled and extensively experienced professionals who have earned high accolades in their fields.