Ophthalmologist vs. Optometrist

Do I need to see an Ophthalmologist?  

The Optometrists at Southlands Vision Associates may be able to help you.

ophthalmologistAs optometrists, we specialize in the measurement of glasses prescriptions and the fitting of contact lenses.  However, these are just two of the many skills that we practice on a day to day basis.  Within our office, during every vision examination, we routinely diagnosis ocular conditions and diseases that affect many different parts of the eye.  Some conditions which we detect require close monitoring in our office, while others may require an immediate referral to an ophthalmologist who is a surgeon specializing in the area of the eye affected.

We diagnose and treat glaucoma right in our office, in addition to other conditions like pink eye, dry eye syndrome, and contact lens related complications like ocular surface inflammation.  We can also determine when cataract surgery is medically necessary, and refer you to an ophthalmologist specializing in cataracts when surgery is needed.  We follow our patients with “dry” macular degeneration very closely right in our office using our Cirrus OCT technology, but refer patients with “wet” macular degeneration immediately to an ophthalmologist who specializes in the ocular injections needed for this type of the disease.  We also monitor patient with low risk diabetic retinopathy closely, but refer higher risk and advanced cases to an ophthalmologist who specializes in diabetic retinopathy treatment.

So whether you just need new glasses, would like to be fit with contact lenses, or may have a medical condition affecting your eyes, the answer is “Yes, we can help you.”  And we are in-network for most major medical insurances to help you coordinate coverage for medically related visits.

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