If you have eye or vision problems, consult an ophthalmologist. “An ophthalmologist is a physician who examines and treats medical and surgical eye conditions. Associate chief of the Department of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology at LVPG Ophthalmology-Fogelsville. Ophthalmologists specialize in treating eye health problems such as dry eye syndrome, eyelid conditions such as blepharitis and stye, cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, or macular degeneration. However, there are many reasons for being referred to an ophthalmologist for treatment.
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What can a patient expect from an appointment with an ophthalmologist?
An optometrist will perform a complete eye exam, including a visual acuity assessment, a peripheral vision assessment, an intraocular pressure test, a microscopic assessment of the eye, and a dilated exam to examine the eye and assess the optic nerve and retina. We also do eyeglass appraisals.
What are the signs for an eye doctor visit?
There are some indications that you should see an eye doctor.
You are having vision problems
Intermittent visual disturbances that improve with blinking may be a sign of dry eye. A gradual loss of vision may indicate that your glasses need to be replaced, but it can also be a sign of conditions such as cataracts. If you have floaters, shadows, or a curtain over your vision, these may be signs of retinal problems, and new or acute symptoms require more urgent evaluation.
You have dry eye
Dry eye is extremely uncomfortable and can get worse over time. This symptom can affect your ability to read and use your computer for long periods of time. In severe cases, chronic dry eye can lead to corneal scarring. To confirm this, the ophthalmologist examines the eye under a slit lamp. Eye drops of a yellow dye called fluoresced are used to check the tear film and examine the cornea.
Your eyes are red/red.
Red eyes may not be a sign of anything serious. Some people usually have red eyes. However, redness can be a sign of dryness or inflammation affecting the outside or inside of the eye. A sudden, bright red patch may indicate a ruptured blood vessel and is usually not a problem. No, but it will be a problem if it recurs. However, painful redness requires evaluation by an ophthalmologist. Evaluation includes visual acuity assessment and slit lamp examination and may include extended examination.
You have pain in your eyes.
Eye pain can be a sign of local eye problems such as dry eye, episcleritis, inflammation of the eye wall, or intraocular inflammation called uveitis. Headaches and sinus problems can also cause eye pain. People with eye pain should have an eye exam to rule out an eye disease as the cause of the pain.
You have a headache/eye pressure.
Intraocular pressure must be determined to ensure that glaucoma is not present. Headache/eye pressure is often not a sign of an eye problem, but it can be a neurological or sinus-related problem. Glaucoma is vision-threatening, often accompanied by elevated eye pressure. The condition is usually asymptomatic. There are no symptoms of glaucoma until the disease is advanced and threatens blindness.
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