Ophthalmology is a specific medical field requiring 12 – 13 years of training for becoming certified in both surgery and medicine. Ophthalmic surgeons have additional surgical training as a subspecialty. An ophthalmic surgeon can perform eye surgery if you need it.
They are experienced in performing surgery for correcting refractive errors, cataract, and glaucoma. They can diagnose medical conditions and diseases as medical doctors. Few ophthalmic surgeons specialize in reconstructive and plastic surgery. However, they are generally called oculoplastic surgeons.
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors unlike optometrists. Ophthalmic surgeons are more specialized than conventional ophthalmologists. Khan Eyelid and Facial Aesthetics, led by board certified ophthalmologist and eye surgeon Dr. Tanya Khan provides safe and proven eye care procedures to patients in Plano, Dallas, Texas, and surrounding locations.
Who are Ophthalmic Surgeons?
Ophthalmology is a specialized field involving eye surgery. Ophthalmologists have a medical degree. They are medical doctors that undergo a minimum of 4 years of training, specifically in eye surgery. Ophthalmic surgeons undergo at least one more year of training in specialty surgical field.
These are a few specific sub-fields for ophthalmic surgeons:
- Glaucoma surgery
- Pediatric surgery
- Corneal diseases and issues
- Retinal diseases and issues
- Plastic surgery
- Reconstructive surgery
- Refractive and cataract surgery
Ophthalmic surgeons can provide a high level of experience and expertise since they have undergone supplementary training in treating both surgical and medical needs of the eyes.
Role of Ophthalmic Surgeons
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors and are required to interact with other doctors for treating systemic conditions and diseases impacting the eyes and vision. Ophthalmic surgeons are highly trained and even more specialized.
They specialize more in the field of surgery as compared to traditional ophthalmologists. They likely spend most of their days in consultation with patients and performing surgeries. Ophthalmic surgeons may also spend time performing medical and scientific research for understanding diseases and conditions that affect the eye within their specialty field.
Need for an Ophthalmic Surgeon
An ophthalmic surgeon is required when you need surgery performed on your eyes. They can provide the specialized surgery you require. You won’t need their level of expertise or specialty for getting standard eye exam, vision corrections, and treatments.
Ophthalmic surgeons are generally harder and more expensive to get than routine eye doctors. You may need a referral to seek consultation with an ophthalmic surgeon. These surgeons are only required when you have specialized needs. Otherwise, you may get all the help you need with a standard eye doctor.
Glaucoma and cataract surgeries are a few common types of surgery that are performed by an ophthalmologist. General ophthalmologist may be able to perform the surgery unless you require additional consideration. Generally ophthalmic surgeons are consulted when a patient requires additional expertise in a specific field.
Your general eye doctor or primary care physician will help you determine whether you require a high level of specialty for your surgical needs or concern with the eye. Oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Tanya Khan receives patients from Plano, Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for advanced and innovative eye care procedures.
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