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What Can an Ophthalmologist Do for Me?

Your unique vision problems determine which type of eye doctor you need to see. Ophthalmologists are a type of eye doctor that specializes in preventing and treating complex vision problems and diseases of the eye. Schedule your appointment with the ophthalmologist at Shreveport Eye Clinic by calling 318-861-4009

What is an Ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has received specialized training in the anatomy, functioning, and disorders of the eye. This type of eye doctor completed 4 years of medical school  and a one-year internship prior to finishing a three-year minimum residency in ophthalmology. In their training, these doctors get hands-on experience in every element of eye and vision care - prevention, treatment, and management. In addition, an ophthalmologist may also spend a few years being trained Two Ophthalmologist standing in a specialty area such as cornea, retina, or plastic surgery.

The major difference between ophthalmologists and other eye specialists like optometrists or opticians is the level of complexity in what they can diagnose and treat. Because ophthalmologists are essentially MDs who specialize in vision and eye care, they are more capable of handling serious diseases, dysfunction, or injuries of the eye.

Services Offered at Your Shreveport Eye Doctor

Unlike other eye specialists, ophthalmologists offer a full-spectrum of eye care services in Shreveport. This eye doctor can evaluate patients in comprehensive eye exams and prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed to correct vision problems. The doctors at Shreveport Eye Clinic are also capable of diagnosing and treating a wide range of eye diseases and carrying out eye surgery for minor or complex issues. Eye MDs can also provide early detection for other medical conditions like diabetes or hypertension.

Do You Need to See an Ophthalmologist?

You may think that you will be fine just going to an optometrist for an eye glass or contact lens prescription. However, in many cases, seeing a more highly trained physician can assess your potential for eye disorder and get you the treatment you require. Below are some possible signs or risk factors for eye disease:

  • Family history of eye disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Dark curtain blocking/impairing vision
  • Pain in the eye
  • Double vision
  • Loss of peripheral vision (on the sides of the head)
  • Injury to the eye
  • Unusual redness
  • New specks in the vision and/or flashes of light
  • Excessive tearing
  • Misalignment of the eyes
  • Decreased vision of any form
  • Halos over vision when around lights
  • Dysfunction of the eyelid

If any of the above apply to you, it's important to schedule an appointment to see one of our experienced ophthalmologists at Shreveport Eye Clinic. A thorough medical exam and early detection of serious eye disorder could save your eyesight. Call us now at 318-861-4009