Ophthalmology Specialists

East Tremont Medical Center -  - Multi-Specialty Group

East Tremont Medical Center

Multi-Specialty Group located in The Bronx, NY & New York, NY

Eighty percent of what you perceive comes through your eyesight. It’s important to care for your eyes, so you don’t have to worry about the consequences of poor vision such as having a harder time driving or reading. The medical team at East Tremont Medical Center in Bronx, New York, can help protect your eyesight and provide early detection for eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts. Call the office, or schedule your appointment online today.

Ophthalmology Q & A

What is an Ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is someone who specializes in the prevention, treatment, and surgical care of the eyes. 

At East Tremont Medical Center, the ophthalmologists treat the following eye conditions: 

  • Astigmatism
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Dry eye
  • Eye cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal detachment
  • Presbyopia
  • Farsightedness and nearsightedness
  • Conjunctivitis, known as pink eye
  • Amblyopia, known as lazy eye

 

In addition to the above conditions, ophthalmologists provide total eye care, including eye exams, to ensure your eyes remain healthy.

What Can I Expect During an Ophthalmic Eye Exam?

If it’s your first time visiting the ophthalmologist at East Tremont Medical Center, your doctor begins your eye exam by asking about your medical history, past vision problems, and any glasses or contact lenses you might wear.

The next step is to perform a refraction test, where you look through a device with different lenses to determine if there are any changes in your vision. This is an important test that sets a baseline of how good your eyesight is and whether you may need glasses.

Your ophthalmologist can also perform other exams, including:

  • An examination of how well your pupils respond to light
  • An examination of your peripheral vision
  • An intraocular pressure exam to see if your eye pressures are normal
  • A color blindness test in which you look at multicolored pictures of symbols and numbers

 

Another exam involves dilating your eyes, so your ophthalmologist can examine the back of your eyes and check the health of your retina, lens, and optic nerve. 

What is the Difference Between an Ophthalmologist, Optician, and an Optometrist?

Although ophthalmologists, opticians, and optometrists all help provide eye care services, there are differences. Opticians have the least amount of schooling and only fill corrective prescriptions and help patients with their frame selection. 

Optometrists focus on providing primary vision care by performing eye exams and vision tests. During these tests, they may detect eye injuries, disorders, or diseases. They also prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses. 

An ophthalmologist can do everything an optometrist can do in addition to specializing in diagnosing and treating eye conditions related to other medical problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. They also perform surgical procedures, including cataract removal and vision correction. 

If you’re experiencing eye problems or want to make sure there’s nothing wrong with your eyes, call the medical team at East Tremont Medical Center today. You can also schedule your appointment online.