When might you need to see an Ophthalmologist?

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Most of us will never bump into an Ophthalmologist, that is, roughly 3% of the population who knowingly suffer from an Ophthalmologist disease.

With this in mind, it’s unlikely that the other 97% will come into contact, or even take the time to find out what the word means. Because let’s be honest, it’s not the most recognisable of terms.

Ophthalmology, if you’re not aware, is the branch of medicine that is concerned with diseases and disorders of the eye.

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor or an osteopathic doctor who is a specialist in eye and vision care. Trained to perform exams, diagnose, treat and prevent diseases as well as perform surgery to the eye. They may also undertake exams and prescribe glasses and contact lenses when necessary.

So, why might you book in a consultation with one of our Ophthalmologists?

  • Severe, sudden eye pain
  • Recurrent pain in or around the eye
  • Hazy, blurred, or double vision
  • Seeing flashes of light or sudden bright floating spots
  • Seeing rainbows or halos around lights
  • Seeing floating “spider webs”
  • Seeing a “curtain coming down” over one eye
  • Sensing a “cup filling up with ink” in one eye
  • Unusual, even painful, sensitivity to light or glare
  • Swollen, red eyes
  • Changes in the colour of the iris
  • White areas in the pupil of the eye
  • Sudden development of persistent floaters
  • Itching, burning, or a heavy discharge in the eyes
  • Any sudden change in vision

The consultants working within London Medical’s Ophthalmology Clinic boast an extensive range of expertise when it comes to carrying out eye tests, making diagnoses, and managing the treatment of eye disorders. With the latest state-of-the-art equipment, we provide a highly dedicated service to patients of all ages, so you can be confident that you’re receiving a first class service.

Now that you know, don’t hesitate before booking an appointment with one of our ophthalmology experts.

 

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About the author

Elaine has run her specialist contact lens company from London Medical since 2011, and specialises in contact lens fitting for those with complicated corneal eye conditions.