1. When should I see an ophthalmologist?
You may see an ophthalmologist in the following conditions
·Diabetes-related eye problems
·Family history of eye problems
·Dark spots in vision
·Dry and itchy eye
·Discharge from the eye and redness
2. Does an ophthalmologist perform only surgeries?
Yes, an ophthalmologist also performs eye surgeries. If you need cataract surgery or a corneal transplant, your ophthalmologist will treat you accordingly. An ophthalmologist also specializes in laser surgery.
3. What is the education qualification of an ophthalmologist?
To become an ophthalmologist, you first need to complete MBBS degree, which is a five and half years course. After this course, you need to give an entrance exam for a postgraduate course. You will have to complete a three years course in MD (Doctor of Medicine) or MS (Master of Surgery) Ophthalmology or DNB. Some medical colleges also offer diploma courses in Ophthalmology after MBBS degree.
4. Can an ophthalmologist suggest me which contact lenses to wear?
An optometrist or an ophthalmologist can perform your eye examination and find out the error in your vision. However, an ophthalmologist specializes in dealing with complex problems of the eye. So an ophthalmologist can easily suggest you which contact lenses to wear.
5. Are there any specialists in ophthalmology?
An ophthalmologist can specialize in a particular branch and specialize in treating that particular eye problem The specializations are as follows:
·Paediatric ophthalmology (specialize in children eye problems)
·Neuro ophthalmology (eye problems originating from the nervous system)
·Ocular oncology (cancer of the eye)
·Ophthalmic pathology (diagnosis of eye problems via the pathology)