Board Certification is granted to ophthalmologists who meet a series of accredited medical training requirements in ophthalmology, sign a practice pledge indicating their intent to practice with compassion, integrity and respect for human dignity and complete an intensive evaluation process that includes two examinations: a written examination and an oral examination.
Physicians who meet all of the requirements for initial certification become diplomates of the Board and earn a certificate valid for a period of 10 years. Since the early 1990s, all Diplomates have been required to actively maintain their certificate through a lifelong learning and practice improvement process currently known as maintenance of certification.
By getting your eyes checked on a regular basis, or when you may think you are having troubles with your vision, you can keep your eyes healthy and stay clear of further complications. Many sight-threatening diseases, if detected early, can be cured or treated to prevent, or slow, the progression of any vision loss.
The most important preventive step is receiving routine examinations by a qualified eye care professional. Children should receive their first comprehensive eye examination before the age of 3, unless a specific condition or history of family childhood vision problems warrants an earlier examination. Anyone with a history of visual problems should get routine preventive care. People ages 20 to 30 should have an eye exam every two years, unless visual changes, pain, flashes of light, new floaters, injury, or tearing occurs. Then, immediate care is necessary. Yearly exams become important in the late thirties when changes in vision and focus along with eye diseases are more likely to develop. People with diabetes are at risk for several eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts, and should have eye examinations every year.
Squinting, blinking, rubbing eyes frequently, headaches, changes in vision and difficulty with visual concentration within arm’s length may be signs of eye problems and should be checked immediately by your ophthalmologist. When it comes preserving your vision, early detection is the solution.
An Ophthalmologist – Eye M.D. – is a medical doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists are specially trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery. Many ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research into the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision problems.
Eye exams are available in many settings, from discount optical stores to surgical offices, so the fees can vary widely. Additionally, fees can vary depending upon whether the exam is performed by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, and the type of services that are included in the exam. Generally speaking, contact lens exams cost more than regular eye exams. Likewise, an additional or higher fee may be charged for specialized services such as laser vision correction evaluations. Many insurance plans cover at least a portion of eye exam services. Check to see what your benefits cover before you make an appointment. Then be sure to give the office your insurance information to verify coverage.
Two main factors that contribute to how long you can wear your lenses, both daily and over the long term, are how well they breathe and how much they like to collect stuff. Your eyes need oxygen to stay healthy. Contact lenses are made of different kinds of materials that allow differing amounts of oxygen to get through. Depending on your needs, your doctor will work with you to select the right style and length of time you can wear your contacts.
Make an appointment to see us or go to the ER immediately if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Sudden, painless, severe loss of vision
- Sudden eye pain or discomfort
- Gradually worsening eye pain
- Sudden light flashes and floaters
- Redness or discharge in a contact lens wearer
- Chemical burns
- Eye feels like something is in it
- Eye trauma, especially if there is loss of vision or pain
Opticians, optometrists, and ophthalmologists play important yet distinct roles in the field of eye care.
If you’re interested in getting an eye exam or having a prescription written for corrective lenses, you should see an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Once you have a prescription, an optician will help you choose the right eyeglasses or contacts to fit your prescription.
An ophthalmologist treats a wide variety of eye diseases and conditions in order to preserve your eye health and improve your vision. Surgeries ophthalmologists perform include cataract surgery, lens replacement, transplant, glaucoma treatments, LASIK procedures, and more.
Campus Eye Group ophthalmologists specialize in diagnosing and managing eye disorders and diseases. Ophthalmologists have more medical training and education than optometrists, enabling them to treat all kinds of vision problems and eye health conditions, as well as perform eye surgery.
Because many common eye diseases have NO noticeable symptoms early on, regular annual eye exams are important to monitor your eye health. If your optometrist sees potential signs of disease, you will be referred to an ophthalmologist.
Macular degeneration is an eye disease that causes blurred vision in the center of your field of sight. It is a common disorder in adults over the age of 50. It occurs when a part of your retina, called the macula, becomes damaged over time. Early detection of macular degeneration can help postpone vision loss.
Laser-assisted cataract surgery improves the accuracy of the surgical incision because a computer-guided laser is simply more precise than any human hand could be. As a result, recovery after a laser-assisted cataract surgery is usually easier and faster.
To help make your time with us as streamlined and pleasant as possible, please be sure to bring the following with you to your appointment:
- Completed new patient forms – if you were not sent these prior to your appointment, please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to complete the forms at our office (if you are a new client)
- Health insurance cards and a photo ID
- Co-pay or deductible you are responsible for paying
- List of all medications you are currently taking, including dosages and frequency
- The dates of previous eye or other surgeries
- Your family history of eye problems
- Your allergy history, if any
- Current eyeglasses and the prescription for contact lenses (if you wear contacts)
- Relevant medical records from other providers
- Someone to drive you home, if your appointment is an initial evaluation or for a problem with your retina, because dilating drops used during the examination will temporarily blur your vision
- Sunglasses for afterward, because dilation will make your eyes sensitive to light for a few hours; we also have disposable sunglasses we can provide you
Yes. For those who wear soft or disposable contact lenses, please remove them for at least 24 hours prior to your appointment with us. For those who wear hard contacts, please stop wearing them for 2 weeks prior to your appointment with us.
Your eyes usually remain dilated for 3 to 4 hours. During this time, your eyes will be extremely sensitive to light and your near vision may be blurry.
You should bring someone who can drive you home after your exam. Most of the time, dilation effects your ability to see close-up objects. Wearing sunglasses after dilation is helpful.
For your convenience, all cataract procedures are performed on premise in our state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center. By owning and operating our very own outpatient surgery center, we have the luxury of controlling the environment from the minute a patient enters the facility to when they leave.