Tips & Advice
Are all eye conditions hereditary?
A good number of eye-related conditions are hereditary, but not all are. For instance, babies who are born premature are more at risk of overdeveloping blood vessels in the eye.
Can reading in dim lighting hurt the eyes?
Sufficient lighting is recommended for reading because trying to do so with little light can strain the eyes. Over the long term, this may result in fatigue and headaches, but it does not directly lead to the development of any conditions an ophthalmologist may be needed to treat.
What are some of the common signs of vision problems in children?
Common signs of vision problems in children include not being able to see things at a distance or near to them, eyes that drift out of alignment, eyes that do not neurologically develop correctly, involuntary movement and complaints of pain.
What is the right age for a child’s first eye exam?
Unless a child is born with an ocular condition or present symptoms soon after, it's generally recommended the first eye exam take place at 6 months, and then a follow-up is conducted at 3 years.
Is there special certification involved with becoming a pediatric ophthalmologist?
While there is no specific national certification for pediatric ophthalmologists, most all practicing physicians in this specialty are licensed by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
What is the typical visit to ophthalmologist like?
Typically, the first visit to an ophthalmologist will include introductions and looking at medical history, as well as preliminary tests and examinations. Subsequent visits will likely see the doctor discuss results, behaviors, symptoms, complaints and further action if needed.
How much does it cost to visit an ophthalmologist?
Health insurance and geographic location will factor into costs, but an ophthalmologist visit could cost between $130-$200.
What types of conditions does an ophthalmologist treat?
Ophthalmologists treat a variety of disorder affecting the eye, directly or indirectly. Common cases involve glaucoma, myopia, conjunctivitis, astigmatism, misalignment, and cataracts, as well as cancer of the eye.
What is the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?
An optometrist provides vision care services, like sight testing, and is not a medical doctor. Ophthalmologists undergo years of education and residency, often have graduate and doctorate degrees, and perform surgery in addition to their primary duties of diagnosing, treating and prescribing.
What is a pediatric ophthalmologist?
Pediatric ophthalmologists are trained and licensed medical professionals who specialize in the diagnosing and treating of visual conditions and disorders in children. Not only do these physicians have advanced knowledge regarding the neurologic development of eyes and complications, but also conditions affecting the eye, including diabetes.