An ophthalmologist is an eye doctor who specializes in the medical health of your eyes and performs eye surgery to correct certain conditions or diseases. Michael Matthews, OD is an expert optometrist specializing in general eye health and vision correction for patients of all ages at Midway Optometry in Point Loma, San Diego, CA. Dr. Matthews ensures your eye health before and after eye surgery, and he refers you to highly skilled ophthalmologists if the need arises while under his care. For the highest quality of optometry and ophthalmology services, call Midway Optometry or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients in the surrounding San Diego area including Point Loma and Loma Portal.
Ophthalmology Q & A
What is an ophthalmologist?
An ophthalmologist is a medical or osteopathic doctor specializing in eye surgery and overall eye health. These doctors expand their knowledge with at least eight additional years of medical training, including a residency focused on surgical procedures of the eyes.
An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all types of eye diseases is licensed to perform surgery, and prescribes eyeglasses and contact lenses for patients of all ages. Some ophthalmologists also participate in research in hopes of discovering the causes of certain eye diseases and conditions.
When would I need to see an ophthalmologist?
If you have an eye disease, medical condition, or require surgery, you need to schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist.
As a highly skilled optometrist with many years of experience, Dr. Matthews refers you to the specific type of ophthalmologist you need, should you require additional medical care for an eye disease or chronic condition. He and the team at Midway Optometry also care for you before and after your treatment or surgery.
To ensure you receive the best medical care for your eye condition, Dr. Matthews may refer you to an ophthalmologist with a subspecialty, such as:
- Cornea and external diseases, including eyelid conditions
- Glaucoma for medical treatment and surgery for optic nerve damage
- Neuro-ophthalmology for nonsurgical treatment of the optic nerve and visual pathways
- Ophthalmic pathology to examine eye tissue and diagnose disease
- Ophthalmic plastic surgery for reconstructive eye surgeries
- Pediatric ophthalmology for children’s eye diseases and abnormalities
- Vitreoretinal diseases, including surgery to correct retina problems
What does an optometrist do?
An optometrist, like Dr. Matthews, is a doctor of optometry who provides a wide range of vision care that includes the following services:
- Primary vision care for annual exams and eye health screenings
- Sight testing
- Diagnosing and correcting changes to your vision
- Prescribing and dispensing contact lenses and glasses
- Family vision services for children through seniors
- Detecting abnormalities or eye diseases
- Prescribing medications for certain eye conditions
If you think of your optometrist as your primary care eye doctor, you know it’s important to schedule an exam at least once a year, or as Dr. Matthews recommends. To learn more about optometry services and ophthalmology, call the office or schedule an appointment online.