Why is it Important to Find the Right Eye Doctor?
September 21st to 27th is National Eye Week, a reminder to value the health of our eyes and attend regular check-ups.
Maintaining good vision and healthy eyes is incredibly important, and the field of eye medicine – ophthalmology – is a modern and sophisticated area of practice and research.
What is an Ophthalmologist?
Ophthalmologists specialise in diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders affecting the eyes. They are doctors who have been through at least five years of medical training, continued education in practice, and specialty experience and training in the medical and surgical care of the eye.
An ophthalmologist may also further specialise in a particular niche within the field of ophthalmology. This can mean developing extreme expertise in certain conditions or procedures, for example, cancers of the eye, or the treatment of diabetic eye disease. Ophthalmology comprises both medical and surgical specialties.
Choosing an Ophthalmologist
Usually, when people feel there is something different about their vision or eye health, their first port of call is to visit an optician, who can assess and manage vision disturbances, or their GP, who can manage many common eye problems. Sometimes, a GP or optician may recommend further investigations and specialist advice.
Having choice over the specialist you see is important; this is the doctor who will help to care for your eyes, to investigate, diagnose and treat and problems which could impact your vision and health. Changes in vision and eye health can have a profound effect on your quality of life, so it’s natural to want the very best specialist help. Choosing a doctor with extensive experience, one who may have sub-specialised in your condition, and – crucially – who you feel you can trust with the care of your eyes and vision, is something everyone should have the right to do.
Testing for eye problems
When choosing an eye doctor, remember that it’s also important that they have the best tools for the job – this means that they should have close links to a clinic that specialises in performing diagnostic ophthalmic investigations to get the results that will help your ophthalmologist diagnose issues and plan care.
At our London Eye Diagnostic Centre, our dedicated ophthalmic technicians provide a one-stop service to perform essential diagnostic tests enabling consultant ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat eye conditions. We are proud to work with some of the most highly regarded eye specialists in the country.
Modern ophthalmic diagnostic techniques are sophisticated, safe and comfortable. At Phoenix Hospital Groups state-of-the-art medical diagnostic settings we provide an all-round service, ensuring that you’re comfortable and have a good understanding of the process throughout. Our staff are highly trained and skilled to provide the best possible service. We maintain up-to-date equipment and facilities, and provide a range of in-house and one-stop services, meaning that most people only need a single visit to our eye clinic for all their diagnostic tests.
It is important to have regular eye tests if you are over 40 because diseases like glaucoma can be detected and treated before they cause problems.
To book an appointment with a specialist call us on 0207 079 2102 or email [email protected].