Not everyone is familiar with visiting an ophthalmologist for vision care. You may have some questions about what your visit will entail. At Reeve Woods Eye Center, our ophthalmologists and eye surgeons specialize in macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, surgical eye care, and eyelid surgery. We also treat common eye conditions such as refractory errors, eye injuries, and dry eye. If you live in or around Chico and it has been a while since your last eye exam, contact our team today. We have put together a few questions that we often run into when our patients come in for their appointments.
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor and has a license that allows him or her to practice medicine and perform surgery. The doctor has a minimum of 12 years of training and education. They are trained to treat all types of eye conditions as well as to prescribe medication and fit patients for eyeglasses and contact lenses.
An optometrist has an OD degree, a degree in optometry. They have at least 6 years of training and education, and they can prescribe glasses and contact lenses. They also screen for certain eye conditions and provide a referral to an ophthalmologist if more extensive treatment is needed.
As you age your lenses also age, and they have a harder time focusing on things that are close to you. This condition is called Presbyopia, and it usually starts sometime after the age of 40. The condition can usually be corrected with glasses or bifocals.
A comprehensive eye exam is considered part of a physical, therefore it is recommended that you be seen at least once a year. If you wear glasses, have a family history of glaucoma, or have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, you should be established with an ophthalmologist that can diagnosis and treat any of those conditions at the first indication of them existing. If you are younger and have no family history of eye disease every three to five years is fine. However, as we age an exam every two to four years is recommended. Remember, it is best to be seen as soon as possible if you have noticed any changes in vision, new flashes or floaters, or have any pain.
At Reeve-Woods Eye Center, our ophthalmologists provide basic eye care services and extensive eye care as needed. Let us know what our team can do for you? Call us today at (530)899-2244 to schedule an eye exam or to learn more.