What is ophthalmology?

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases, disorders, and injuries.

What's the difference between an ophthalmologist and optometrist?

Both ophthalmologists and optometrists are commonly referred to as "eye doctors", however there are differences between the two. Doctors of Optometry complete four years of post-graduate optometry school. Optometrists examine eyes for vision and health problems, prescribe glasses, and fit contact lenses. They also prescribe many ophthalmic medications and often participate in pre- and post-operative care.

Ophthalmologists, on the other hand, attend medical school and have acquired a medical degree. Ophthalmologists are trained to provide a full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery for specific conditions and diseases. In addition to medical school, every ophthalmologist completes a one-year internship and must spend a minimum of three years in residency.

Why should I see an ophthalmologist?

If you have any of the following symptoms or conditions, you should see an ophthalmologist:

  • Eye pain
  • Decreased vision
  • Flashes of Light
  • Double vision
  • Eye discharge or tearing
  • Redness of the eye
  • Colored circles around lights
  • Specks or strings in your vision
  • Crossed eyes
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of eye disease

You should also seek the services of an ophthalmologist if you are referred by a family physician or a specialist.

What kinds of eye treatment do Drs. Shultz and Chang offer?

Drs. Shultz and Chang provide the highest quality surgical eye care as well as comprehensive ophthalmic exams to evaluate and treat:

We also utilize the latest advancements in: