Your eyes are very important. They are what allow you to perceive the world around you. Your eyes keep you safe. They allow you to appreciate beauty and recognize those you care about. For this reason, it is understandable that you should want to do whatever you can to keep your eyes healthy. Part of this includes visiting an ophthalmologist. If you have never visited an ophthalmologist, it is likely you may be wondering why it’s necessary to do so.
Optometry and ophthalmology are two words that you often hear when talking about eye care. However, while both share some similarities, the work that an ophthalmologist does is different. It is good for you to know the difference. For example, an optometrist may examine your eyes, but they are not trained to perform surgery. Conversely, an ophthalmologist not only diagnoses and treats eye disease, as well as trauma that might affect your eyes, but they are also skilled surgeons. They are able to provide a more comprehensive form of care than an optometrist can.
It is best to know some things about your own history when visiting our ophthalmologist. He may want to know if in your family there’s been eye disease, macular degeneration, or glaucoma. If you have a history of eye disease in your family, then our ophthalmologist may set you out on a path of treatment with the goal of detecting it early and helping you maintain your vision for as long as possible.
Other things our ophthalmologist is going to be interested in is your current health. Are you battling with diabetes? Do you have high blood pressure? If you do, you might be dealing with health issues that can seriously impact the condition of your eyes going forward. The more knowledge our ophthalmologist has about you, the easier it will be for him to devise an overall treatment plan.
Other factors that our ophthalmologist will take into consideration with the goal of providing you with the maximum benefit are your lifestyle and your occupation. For example, some occupations require you to have almost perfect vision.
As you can see, there are many benefits that come from visiting an ophthalmologist. Dr. Syed Ahmad is proud to offer many different forms of eye care, such as reconstructive, cosmetic, and non-surgical. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Plano!