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Optometrists and Ophthalmologists: Working Together For Your Eye Health

Optometrists and ophthalmologists often work together to help you maintain your long-term eye health and vision. This collaboration is known as eye care co-management.

How do they coordinate, and which eye conditions require co-management? Our eye doctors explain more below:

Common Co-Managed Eye Conditions

When it comes to eye care co-management, your optometrist works with a trusted ophthalmologist, each offering their own expertise.

Common eye conditions that may require co-management include:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular edema
  • Macular degeneration
  • Retinal diseases and detachment
  • Corneal conditions
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Severe dry eye disease

How Does Co-Management Work?

Your local optometrist will likely be your first stop when co-managing a condition. Whether as part of your annual comprehensive eye exam or as a result of specific symptoms, your optometrist will run a number of tests that are meant to detect signs of eye disease such as bleeding in the eye or elevated inner-eye pressure.

If issues are detected, your optometrist will diagnose the specific condition and pinpoint its cause. The optometrist will decide whether to continue monitoring your condition or refer you to an ophthalmologist, who will decide if more in-depth medical treatment, including eye surgery, is required.

Once you’ve been referred, your ophthalmologist will perform extensive tests and decide on medical treatment. This may include specific prescription medications as well as surgery, if necessary.

Following your treatment with the ophthalmologist, continuing your eye care is essential. Your ophthalmologist will ask you to schedule a follow-up appointment with your optometrist, who will monitor your progress and recovery. Continuing to see your optometrist will ensure the highest likelihood of maintaining your eye health and vision, and the optimum long-term recovery from any surgery or medical treatments.

For more information about co-management of your eye care, speak to our eye doctors today!

Q&A

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease where high blood sugar causes bleeding of the blood vessels at the back of your eye. This causes new fragile blood vessels to grow, which also begin to bleed. Blood and other fluid then begin to collect in the back of the eye, causing significant vision loss, up to and including blindness.

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a common eye condition in which high inner eye pressure causes damage to the optic nerve at the back of your eye. This nerve is responsible for sending visual data from your eyes to the brain, where it is interpreted into a coherent image. Damage by untreated glaucoma can cause significant vision loss, including blindness.

Medical Optometry: What We Have To Offer

Medical optometry is not just about treating a refractive problem like myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). It’s about diagnosing and managing the wide range of conditions that can affect any part of your eye — and even your eyelids.

Medical eye care exams assess eye pressure as part of a comprehensive examination of your eyes and eye health. Visiting your eye doctor regularly can help detect any visual problems you may be having.

Early Detection is Important

At Eye Mechanix, we understand that many people are unaware that they have a serious eye condition. That’s because some conditions present with no noticeable symptoms early on, until the patient has already experienced irreversible vision loss.

Our eye examinations aim to detect any eye conditions at the earliest possible stage, allowing for the fastest and most successful treatments that enable you to maintain your clear vision.

This is why our practice prioritizes comprehensive medical eye care, with the newest technology. Our comprehensive medical eye exam assesses a patient’s eye-related health for eye diseases and conditions as well as other potential medical problems, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, that can sometimes be detected during a thorough examination of the eye.

As optometric technology changes, it is even more important to visit an eye doctor who has all the right optometry qualifications and follows the latest developments in eye care. An earlier and more precise diagnosis means earlier treatment and better outcomes. We can diagnose and manage cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and more.

Why Eye Mechanix?

  • Top-of-the-line medical eye care – At Eye Mechanix, we focus on providing medical eye care in order to evaluate and treat the health and wellbeing of your eyes.
  • Cutting-edge technology – All locations utilize top-of-the-line technology to diagnose and manage medical eye health problems.
  • Experienced team – Our team of medically-focused eye doctors are highly trained experts.
  • Emergency eye care – Put your mind at ease knowing we offer emergency eye care services for problems that require immediate and urgent attention.

Schedule an appointment with Eye Mechanix in and La Grange to ensure that your eyes remain healthy and your vision is clear and comfortable.

At Eye Mechanix, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 773-857-1260 or book an appointment online to see one of our Lincoln Park eye doctors.

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