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Ophthalmologists are doctors who are specialized in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating eye diseases & medical conditions. So, they are the ones who are trained in Ophthalmology; a branch of medicine that deals with the management and treatment of eye disorders like cataracts, glaucoma, near sight, far sight, bulging eyes, dry eyes, and color blindness, etc.
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be an Ophthalmologist:
Either medications or surgery can treat or cure most of the eye disorders and diseases. So, if an individual is suffering or has been diagnosed with any of the following diseases, then he/she must visit an Ophthalmologist.
An Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who is well trained to perform both medical and surgical interventions for eye diseases and disorders. However, Optometrist is a doctor who examines, diagnoses, and treats eye conditions.
Ophthalmologists can examine and diagnose color blindness and unfortunately, to date, there is no cure for color blindness. However, with the help of contact lenses and glasses which come with filters can be used to fill the color deficiencies.
Yes, Ophthalmologists can perform LASIK on individuals who are suffering from eye disorders. However, before suggesting LASIK, Ophthalmologists will suggest a few tests to make sure that the LASIK is necessary for one to have good eye health.
General guideline for General Eye Checkup are: