Looking for an ophthalmologist in San Diego?

Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups is your source for a list of San Diego’s most advanced eye health specialists. Ophthalmologists are physicians trained to diagnose, monitor, and medically or surgically treat a full range of ocular and visual disorders. Ophthalmologists are different from optometrists and opticians in their medical background and training, and in the conditions they can diagnose and provide treatment for. In addition to prescribing eye glasses and contact lenses, an ophthalmologist is licensed to provide a wide range of eye care, including complex surgery.

Some common reasons to see an ophthalmology specialist include: decreased or distorted vision, seeing colored circles around lights, eye pain or injury, double vision, and loss of peripheral (side) vision. Your primary care provider or optometrist may also refer you to an ophthalmologist because of certain risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, AIDS, or a family history of eye disease. Because of the increased risk for glaucoma, people of African or Hispanic descent are urged to see an ophthalmologist even if they do not have any of these risk factors.

Ophthalmologists offer advanced diagnostics, progressive treatments, and full patient support for a range of vision conditions. From the latest laser vision correction surgery to treatment for serious eye disease, our San Diego-based ophthalmologists have the knowledge and professional skills needed to provide comprehensive eye and vision care, including writing prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses. If you’re experiencing symptoms that you suspect may be related to eye disease, you should see an ophthalmologist to discuss the best treatment options for you.

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Aging & Eye Health

As we grow older, our bodies change. One of the parts of the body noticeably affected by aging is our eyes. It’s a good idea to have your eyes checked regularly, especially after you turn 40.

Here are some of the issues an ophthalmologist will look for in a patient over 40:

  • Age-Related Vision Loss
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Presbyopia and Refractive Errors
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Vision Issues & Treatments

Being able to see clearly is essential. Losing the ability to see clearly is frustrating and in some cases, dangerous. Many vision problems can be addressed just by prescribing corrective lenses (glasses).

Ophthalmologists can prescribe medications to treat infections, or glasses to correct vision problems.

  • Astigmatism
  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
  • Dry Eye
  • Farsightedness
  • Nearsightedness
  • Stye (Hordeolum)
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What is the retina?

The retina is the part of the eye which processes light, taking information and creating images similar to the way a camera works.

Ophthalmologists who specialize in retina diseases may treat:

  • Detached retina
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
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