These two specialties are highly educated groups of people. And ophthalmologists that went to medical school, then that specialized in eyes, and eye surgery. Optometrists, also did an undergrad and they went to optometry school, where they can treat and diagnose all eye diseases, and, more and more, they are doing more medical treatment and
we actually work in wonderful harmony with optometry in our division. Half of our patients are cataract patients, and since anyone over fifty-five, sixty, the lens starts to cloud up a little bit.
So, eventually, they get to the point where they fail to DMV tests for example, or they have problems reading or working or doing their regular daily activities. Another common problem is glaucoma, and there are many different kinds of glaucoma.
A common one is described as a silent thief of the sight, meaning a patient feels nothing, notices nothing, meanwhile, slowly the vision is going away, and that’s what makes it important after the age of fifty or sixty to have regular, yearly, eye exams.
Macular degeneration is another disease that can affect elderly patients. As we grow older, many of us will have tendency for it.
There have been a lot of advancements the last few years for that disease and many times it can be controlled well. Some chronic illnesses can bring up cataracts a little earlier. Glaucoma, many times, it is part of family history.
Floaters are little particles in the eyeball, in the jelly part of the eyeball. In a way, if you look for them, you’re gonna find them.