There are three types of eye care professionals: opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. Opticians are technicians who fit, verify and design contacts lenses and glasses. While they are not medical doctors, optometrists can administer eye tests, diagnose some eye abnormalities and prescribe both medications and corrective lenses. Unlike the other two eye care professionals, an ophthalmologist is a medical doctor. As such, they can diagnose and treat all eye diseases. This is also the only eye care professional who can perform surgery. If you have been looking for a qualified and experienced ophthalmologist in the Plano area, look no further than Dr. Syed Ahmad!
What Kind of Training is Needed?
Since an ophthalmologist is a medical doctor, they start their education by going to medical school. After completing medical school and earning their license, the aspiring ophthalmologist serves a residency at a hospital. Dr. Ahmad didn’t just stop there, however. He is proud to be a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, as well as the American Board of Internal Medicine (2001 to 2011).
When Should Someone See an Ophthalmologist?
Under normal conditions, an optometrist can handle someone’s eye care needs. If they can’t, they will refer the patient to an ophthalmologist. They are especially likely to do so if the patient needs surgery or other specialized care.
An optometrist and ophthalmologist will often work together on the same patient in an arrangement called co-management. For example, the ophthalmologist will handle any crisis situations, like a condition that requires surgery. Co-management is a particularly good arrangement for a patient who has developed a good relationship with their optometrist and wants to stay with them, but sometimes needs the more specialized care that only an ophthalmologist can provide.
Contact Our Office in Plano Today
Dr. Syed Ahmad in Plano is a true master of his field. He was even ranked one of the best doctors in Collin County in 2016, and for good reason. During a consultation at his office in Plano, you can see for yourself why Dr. Ahmad is steps above the other ophthalmologists in the area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Syed Ahmad.