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FAQs

What is an ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor with special training to diagnose and treat all diseases of the eye. An ophthalmologist is qualified to provide all aspects of eye care, including cataract, laser, and other eye surgery.

What is an optometrist?

An optometrist is a doctor of optometry and is trained to diagnose and treat most common eye disorders including glaucoma. An optometrist can be thought of as the “family practice” eye doctor providing general and routine care. When surgery or more advanced care is required, he/she will refer a patient to the appropriate ophthalmologist or sub-specialist.

How often should I have my exes examined?

Although the recommendations will vary by age and general health, most people without serious eye conditions should see an eye care provider every two years.

What is a cataract?

Please click here to read about some common eye disorders including cataracts.

What is macular degeneration?

Please click here to read about some common eye disorders including macular degeneration.

What is glaucoma?

Please click here to read about some common eye disorders including glaucoma.

Am I a good candidate for laser eye surgery?

Lasers are used to treat numerous eye conditions and diseases. When most people talk about laser eye surgery, however, they are referring to laser vision correction (LASIK or PRK). Only a refractive surgeon (ophthalmologist) can determine whether you are a good candidate for these procedures. In general, however, if you have a serious eye condition like glaucoma, cataract, or macular degeneration, you will not be a good candidate.

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