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At the Dr. Cooper Pediatric Ophthalmology & Family Eye Care office, our aim is to care for the eyes of our young patients, whether it's treating physical eye problems or correcting poor vision with eyeglasses and contact lenses. We have both optometrists and ophthalmologists on staff in our office. While both perform valuable services, they have different educations and skills. Here are some of the most common questions we hear about ophthalmologists:
An ophthamologist is a medical doctor who has additional training to specialize in treating eyes and eyesight. They have completed college plus at least eight years of specialized training, and are licensed to practice surgery and medicine.
They can diagnose and treat eye disease, plus performing eye surgery. Some ophthalmologists go on to specialize in one small part of eye care, such as pediatrics, much like our doctors do.
All of our licensed doctors are qualified to examine your child's eyes and prescribe the correct vision correction, such as eyeglasses or contact lenses. In this case, it doesn't matter whether you see one of our optometrists or or our ophthalmologists. The difference happens if the doctor finds something physically wrong with your child's eyes. Only an opthalmologist is qualified to treat physical eye problems and diseases and to perform eye surgery if needed.
In your initial examination, it doesn't matter which doctor your child will see. Depending on your child's eye health, she may be transferred to consult with another one of the doctors in our office. You may have two doctors consulting on your child at once, if necessary. Our goal is to give your child the best care necessary, and we assign doctors accordingly.
Although eye surgery for children is much rarer than for adults, it does happen. Some of the more common reasons why surgery might be needed are:
Our optometrists and our ophthalmologists work together to give your child the best possible eye care. If you have any more questions, or if you'd like to make an appointment for your child's next eye examination, call our office at 650-259-0300.