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1. When should I see an ophthalmologist?
You should ideally visit an ophthalmologist once a year to get your eyes checked. Apart from this, you should see an ophthalmologist when you have:
1. Decreased/blurred vision
2. High blood pressure
3. Diabetes mellitus
5. Thyroid problems
6. Excess tearing
7. Eyelid abnormalities
8. Double vision
9. Loss of peripheral vision
10. Redness or itching of eyes
11. Abnormal eye discharge
2. Does an ophthalmologist perform only surgeries?
An ophthalmologist is trained at both performing tests to check if you have any eye issues as well as at performing surgeries.
3. What is the education qualification of an ophthalmologist?
To become an opthalmologist, you first need to get an MBBS degree (5.5. yrs course) after which you need to pursue specialisation in opthalmology via an MD or DNB for 3 years.
4. Can an ophthalmologist suggest me which contact lenses to wear?
Yes. An opthalmologist can check your eyes if you have any vision-related issues and suggest you to get contact lenses to wear.
5. Are there any specialists in ophthalmology?
There are several specialties in opthamology such as cataract surgery, neuro opthalmology, retina specialst, pediatric opthalmology among others.