What Does an Ophthalmologist Do?

When you are searching for a specialist as an eye doctor or ophthalmologist, you want to see the best of the best in order to preserve and improve your vision. An ophthalmologist does so much more than an optometrist, who mainly does eye exams and then refers you to a specialist when needed. At Santa Monica Eye Medical Group we are considered the top eye doctor serving Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades, CA.

What Does an Ophthalmologist Do?

An ophthalmologist performs surgery on the eyes and other services that an optometrist doesn't as a medical and surgical professional. An ophthalmologist specializes in specific areas, such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disease, and corneal problems.

What Are the Conditions an Ophthalmologist Treats?

Ophthalmologists treat cataracts when the eye develops cloudy patches that obstruct your view. They also treat glaucoma when the optic nerve is damaged and it results in fluid buildup as well as strabismus. Strabismus is often called squint when the eyes aren't aligned and they cause the patient to squint to see more clearly. Lazy eye or amblyopia occurs when the eyesight in your eyes is not developed and retinas can detach, bleed or swell.

An ophthalmologist can remove cataracts surgically from your eyes to help you see clearer and they can also perform corneal surgery or implants when needed. Glaucoma can be treated with glaucoma implants or minimally invasive glaucoma surgery as well as trabeculectomy. They also do refractive eye surgery such as LASIK to restore your clear vision without the need to wear glasses anymore or have corrective vision. They also perform a series of retinal surgeries.

Top eye doctors service Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades, CA do extensive eye exams over and beyond an optometrist. They also do surgery and fit contacts and glasses as well as diagnose and treat any eye-related disorders or diseases.

Trust the Best Ophthalmologist For Your Eyes

Trust our expert team of top eye doctors at Santa Monica Eye Medical group for all of your needs in ophthalmology. We proudly serve the Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades, CA areas and you can make an appointment by calling us at (310) 829-5475. We work on weekdays and are open on Saturdays for your convenience. We hope to hear from you soon.

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