Ophthalmologists are known for having a diverse patient base, but some of their patients aren’t the ones you’d expect.
That’s because of a lack of qualified eye doctors, the medical community and the limited amount of time they have to spend with each other, experts say.
What if you need a doctor for a special reason?
You may be looking at the wrong doctor to get your eye treatment, said Dr. Jennifer J. Schulze, a professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Ophthalmology.
You can go to the doctor of your choice, but that’s not what you want.
And there’s a lot of misinformation out there that suggests that only a certain doctor is qualified to treat you, she said.
You’re better off having someone who can see your eyes more frequently and is trained in eye care.
So, if you have a severe reaction, you can have that person refer you to an ophthalmology specialist who can perform an eye exam and prescribe medications to treat your eye disease, she explained.
Dr. Schuleze is also a board-certified ophthalmic surgeon.
She said there’s nothing wrong with being referred to a physician who has more experience treating people with different types of vision problems.
The doctor may be trained in the specialities they’re seeing you with.
But if they have a specialty in treating people that have specific vision issues, that may be more appropriate, she added.
For more information, read our story on the most common eye conditions.