By Princeton Eye and Ear
May 31, 2016
Category: Ophthalmologist
Tags: Eyes  

If you have ever had an eye exam, you are probably familiar with the eye doctor. However, knowing the difference between the different types of eye doctors can help you choose the best doctor for you depending on your personal situation. Learn more about what an ophthalmologist does with help from your Plainsboro, Freehold and Lawrenceville, NJ doctor at Princeton Eye and Ear.Eye Doctor

What is an ophthalmologist? 
An ophthalmologist is a physician who has undergone additional specialized training and focuses on the eyes and vision. These specialized doctors earn the degree and title of Doctor of Optometry (OD). Ophthalmologists perform eye examinations, diagnose and treat conditions such as glaucoma and iritis, perform surgical corrections for crossed eyes, trauma, cataracts and other conditions, and perform plastic surgery to correct issues within the area of the eye.

What is the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist? 
An ophthalmologist is a physician who has completed medical school, an internship and a medical residency. Often, ophthalmologists complete additional training after receiving their doctor of optometry degree. An optometrist is a medical professional who did not complete medical school. Instead, optometrists complete four years of professional training after completing college. An optometrist focuses on providing eye examinations and prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and other eye issues.

What can my Plainsboro, Freehold and Lawrenceville ophthalmologist do for me? 
An ophthalmologist provides all-around eye care. Whether you suffer from serious eye conditions like glaucoma or simply need a new prescription for your eyeglasses, your ophthalmologist can help. A normal appointment involves a physical examination, during which time your doctor tests your vision while wearing your corrective lenses. He or she then examines the pupils and movement of the eyes. Several more tests ensure the eyes function normally. Your doctor uses a special machine to examine your eyes close up and search for lesions, inflammation and any signs of abnormalities. Your doctor may suggest a prescription for corrective lenses or other treatments based on the problems they find during your examination.

For more information on ophthalmology or to schedule an examination, please contact Dr. Chirag Shah and Dr. Angana Shah at Princeton Eye And Ear in Lawrenceville, NJ. Call 609-883-3000 to speak with an associate about scheduling your examination today!