At Vantage EyeCare, we have several comprehensive ophthalmologists on staff throughout the Philadelphia region to provide medical eye care services. Comprehensive ophthalmologists are able to diagnose and treat a wide range of eye diseases. If they determine you require more specialized care, they will refer you to a subspecialist to treat your condition. For example, they may refer to a retina specialist for macular degeneration.
What Eye Diseases or Conditions does a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist Treat?
- Chronic Dry Eye
- Eye Infections
- Eye Injuries and Trauma
- Diabetic Eye Disease
- Macular Degeneration
How is a Medical Eye Exam Different from a Routine Eye Exam?
A medical eye exam is when your eyes are being evaluated or treated for a specific medical condition such as glaucoma, cataracts, or any of the diseases listed above. Your medical insurance will be billed for a medical eye exam.
A routine eye exam is when the eye doctor is checking your vision, determining the prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, and screening for eye disease. There is no medical condition being treated. Your vision insurance will be billed for a routine eye exam.
What is a Diabetic Eye Exam?
For people diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to get an annual dilated eye exam by a comprehensive ophthalmologist. Diabetic eye disease may not have symptoms so early detection through an eye exam is vital. During a diabetic eye exam, your eyes will be dilated so that the ophthalmologist can get a wide view of the retina. The retina is where diabetic retinopathy causes damage and should be monitored for changes. Special imaging, such as OCT of the macula, may also be done during a diabetic exam.