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Can a regular eye doctor help me with a common eye infection?

Can a regular eye doctor help me with a common eye infection?

Yes: Not sure what you mean by regular, but primary care and er docs treat common eye infections, so do optometrists and ophthalmologists. ...Read more

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Ophthalmology (Definition)

Ophthalmology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the eyes, eye muscles, eyelids, laser surgery, lens implants, glasses, contact lenses, eye ...Read more


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Are short lasting sparks of light in your periphery a common sign of brain tumors? My eye doctor couldn't find anything wrong.

Are short lasting sparks of light in your periphery a common sign of brain tumors? My eye doctor couldn't find anything wrong.

Best to see Ophtho: There are conditions that can cause your symptoms. One of them is cephalic migraine, but there are also conditions in the retina and the optic nerves that can do that. It is best to see an ophthalmologist and possibly one who is also good at migraines to make the differentiations and hopefully your peace of mind. I don't know if you saw one or an optometrist. ...Read more

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Is it common to have blurred vision after pupil dilation at eye doctor?

Is it common to have blurred vision after pupil dilation at eye doctor?

Dilation: As a common part of the vision evaluation, the pupil may need dilation with eyedrops to allow a better view of the back of the eye. This causes some disturbance of the vision including difficulty focusing and blur from the enlarged pupil. All of this will disappear by the next day as the pupil normalizes. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is comprehensive ophthalmology?

Could you explain what is comprehensive ophthalmology?

General care: For the eye. Most comprehensive ophthalmologist do cataract and lasik surgery. Some even do specialized treatment for retina disease or glaucoma. Most often
the comprehensive ophthalmologist will refer to a specialist, i.e. In retina or neurology if beyond the scope of his/her capabilities. ...Read more

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Please describe to me what comprehensive ophthalmology is?

Please describe to me what comprehensive ophthalmology is?

Ophthalmology: Comprehensive means complete- so comprehensive ophthalmology means "complete" ophthalmology - like a comprehensive ophthalmology exam means a complete eye exam. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the most challenging ophthalmological conditions?

Please help! What is the most challenging ophthalmological conditions?

Two types: The first is macular degeneration, a plague upon the elderly as the cause is not known and there is no cure. The other types are inherited diseases with no cure which progress to severe vision loss such as retinitis pigmentosa. ...Read more

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Could you help me find postgradate studies in ophthalmology (medicine) in france?

Continuing education: Sorry but the 1 word answer may be to find your answer (s) on ''Google''. Keep us posted ...Read more

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What diffference between ophthalmology and optometry?

What diffference between ophthalmology and optometry?

MD vs OD: Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who graduate from medical school. They are trained in performing surgery on the eye. They complete 4 yrs of training after medical school. They can go on after that and complete 1-2 more years and subspecialize in one area of ophthalmology. Optometrists do NOT go to medical school and can not do surgery on the eye. They do 4 yrs of optom school after college. ...Read more

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How do ophthalmology and optometry differ?

How do ophthalmology and optometry differ?

MD's vs. OD's: Ophthalmologists are eye MD's, or physicians, trained to diagnose and treat eye diseases, and perform eye surgeries if necessary.

Optometrists are OD's, where they attend an optometry school to prescribe glasses, contact lens, and also diagnose and treat eye diseases. OD's are not allowed to perform surgery. ...Read more

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How does optometry differ from ophthalmology?

See below: An ophthalmologist is an md who does his residency in eye disease and surgery.
An optometrist is not an md but an od who does 4 years of optometry school. ...Read more

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What is difference between optometry and ophthalmology?

Couple of things: An opthamologist is an md who then does a residency in treatment and surgery of the eye.

An optometrist is a doctor who did 4 years of optometry shool and does not usually do surgery. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is optometry and ophthalmology? Are they the same thing?

Could you explain what is optometry and ophthalmology? Are they the same thing?

Brief answer...: Ophthalmologists have gone to medical school and have a good basis in general medicine, anatomy and physiology. They then do residency where they learn how to diagnose and treat eye problems medically and surgically, all under supervision. Optometrists go to optometry school where they learn about the eyes and also delve into optics, refractions, contact lenses as well as some pathology. ...Read more

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I need a web site for ophthalmology exercises, where can I go to find information?

You can try this.: If you are asking to improve muscle strength in your eyes for ptosis, you can try these exercises.

http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/324870-eye-exercises-to-decrease-ptosis/. ...Read more

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Why would dipyridamole used in ophthalmology?

See below: I do not know any ophthalmologists that routinely prescribe dipyridamole. Theoretically it could be used as an additional antithrombotic if someone is having recurrent embolic events such as branch retinal artery occlusions but most ophthalmologists would defer this decision to a cardiologist or primary physician more comfortable with prescribing it. ...Read more

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Can md not in ophthalmology write a perscription for eyeglasses?

Can md not in ophthalmology write a perscription for eyeglasses?

No: Only a licensed eye care professional can write a glasses or contact lens prescription. ...Read more

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What's the difference between optician and ophthalmology?

Education: Although all can be members of an "integrated eyecare team", the eyemd (ophthalmologist) is an md specializing in medical and surgical treatment of eye disease. The optometrist (not a medical doctor), has education and training to diagnose/treat some medical conditions of the eye but also prescribes optical lenses for refractive errors. The optician crafts and dispenses optical products. ...Read more

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Ophthalmology: Which is worst, wet or dry macular degeneration?

Ophthalmology: Which is worst, wet or dry macular degeneration?

Wet vs dry macular: They are both bad, but each act differently. Wet macular degeneration can cause a sudden dramatic loss of central vision, but has a treatment available to improve the vision if this happens. Dry macular degeneration is slow and progressive central vision loss over years that is currently irreversible. ...Read more

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What's the difference between optometry and ophthalmology and optician?

What's the difference between optometry and ophthalmology and optician?

Eye MDs: Ophthalmologists are medical doctors and surgeons, trained to diagnose and treat diseases of the eye with medicine or surgery. Optometrists are trained to diagnose and treat some eye disease, but mainly treat refractive errors with contacts and eye glasses and refer other treatments to ophthalmologists. Opticians specialize in eyeglass and contact lens dispensing. All have their place. ...Read more

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How do I find by name the doctors who are considered the best in their field in america? Looking for ophthalmology and obgyn.

Not easy: There is not an independently validated listing. You should seek a board certified person. Ask about which medical school and post medical school training they have had. Are they affiliated with a reputable local hospital? Magazine listiings (the top 100 docs in metro city) are unreliable and subject to manipulation. Better docs often get sued more, as they handle tough cases. So not easy. ...Read more

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Is an md not certified in ophthalmology able to write a perscription for eyeglasses?

Is an md not certified in ophthalmology able to write a perscription for eyeglasses?

Ophthalmology: Not typically. An ophthalmologist is usually an MD or an DO after he/she completed medical school and then a residency in ophthalmology / eye surgery. An MD without training in ophthalmology is likely not well versed or trained to provide a prescription for eye glasses. Optometrists are also trained for this as well so you are better off looking for a doctor focusing in eye care. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a brain hemorrhage to be detected through an ophthalmological exam?

Is it possible for a brain hemorrhage to be detected through an ophthalmological exam?

Brain hemorrhage: Yes. There is a syndrome called terson syndrome where a type of brain bleed called a subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs in conjunction with retinal and vitreous hemorrhage. Also, if a brain bleed leads to elevated intracranial pressure this can lead to optic nerve swelling (papilledema) which can be detected on an eye exam. ...Read more

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Ophthalmology: There is no treatment for dry macular degeneration and the person will go totally blind, right?

AREDS 2 Supplements: The rate of dry macular degeneration can be slowed by cessation of smoking, controlling your blood pressure, and taking vitamin supplements. The vitamin formula that has been study is called AREDS2 and regular usage slows the rate of degeneration by about 1/3. The AREDS 2 stands for age related eye disease study 2 and was performed by the national eye institute. The vitamins are widely available. ...Read more

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Pediatric ophthalmology or optometry or optician or what for 6 year old first visit for glasses?

Pediatric ophthal: The entry point for any child needing eye care should be a pediatric ophthalmologist or if none is available, a general ophthalmologist. Opticians can fit glasses from a prescription the ophthalmologist gives them. An optometrist is trained on adults almost exclusively and is not given the skills to deal with the broad range of possible problems a child might have. ...Read more

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Can epiretinal membrane cause eye headaches? And can the membrane get worse?? or does it stay the same? Ophthalmology

Can epiretinal membrane cause eye headaches? And can the membrane get worse?? or does it stay the same? Ophthalmology

Epiretinal membrane: ERM is like a thin sheet of scar tissue that grows on the retina (back layer of the eye) in some people. No one knows exactly why some people get these and others don't but they can be mild and asymptomatic or severe, causing puckering of the retina with considerable distortion of the vision. ERM does not usually cause headache or discomfort. Surgery is reserved for the more severe forms. ...Read more

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Follow-up" I have graves ophthalmology. Is it possible for my eyes to return to normal (no bulging) without surgery? Mine is not that severe.

Observe for now: If your appearance is not severe and you don't have many symptoms as a result, surgery is probably not indicated. It may or may not get better with conservative treatment, but if you don't have symptoms which bother you greatly, you probably don't need surgery.
That is, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." :) best wishes. ...Read more