Ophthalmology is the medical specialty focused on the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of problems with the eyes and visual system. Ophthalmologists — physicians who specialize in ophthalmology — use eye examinations, medications, lasers, and surgical first-line treatments to help manage and treat eye problems.Request an appointment
What eye problems require specialized treatment?
Here are some examples of conditions when you might seek treatment from an ophthalmologist:
- Age-related macular degeneration : This is a common age-related eye problem that prevents people from seeing what’s directly in front of them.
- Amblyopia (lazy eye) : Amblyopia, or lazy eye, occurs when one eye becomes weaker than the other during infancy or childhood. Treatments include an eye patch or glasses.
- Astigmatism : This eye condition causes blurred vision. It’s sometimes treated with laser surgery.
- Corneal disease : hese are conditions that can affect your vision by damaging your cornea.
- Diabetes-related retinopathy : Diabetes-related retinopathy is an eye condition that weakens the blood vessels in your retina.
- Farsightedness (hyperopia) : People who are farsighted can see objects that are far away but have trouble focusing on close things. Farsightedness is sometimes treated with LASIK surgery.
- Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) : This is a common age-related eye problem that causes you to see “floaters” or flashes of light.