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I need an emergency opthamologist appointment.. help?

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aekiy
May. 15th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
:hug: Thanks.. barely scraping by today. Site has been worse than it was during the weekend.
datacat
May. 15th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
What's the difference between an opthamologist and an optometrist?
aekiy
May. 15th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
I have no idea, you'd have to ask lyssabard who told me to see an opthamologist, not an optometrist. Maybe one just does basic eye examinations, where the other can check for infections and things like that?
lyssabard
May. 16th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
An opthamologist is a real doctor.

Opticians are not responsible, nor trained, for eye examinations or treatment solutions for eye disorders. They help you pick our your frames and adjust them to fit comfortably.

Optometrists are doctors who perform annual examinations to treat any vision problems and detect signs of disease and abnormal conditions. Examinations may also include testing for glaucoma, color perception, depth, and the ability to focus and coordinate the eyes. Optometrists must be licensed, have a Doctor of Optometry degree, and pass a state board examination.

Ophthalmologists must acquire a Doctor of Medicine degree, a broad knowledge of general medicine, and clinical training. If a person requires medical or surgical care for an eye disease or an eye injury, he or she will seek the assistance of an ophthalmologist. Your refractive laser surgeon MUST be an ophthalmologist. Ophthalmologists must acquire a Doctor of Medicine degree, a broad knowledge of general medicine, and clinical training. This provides them with enough experience to diagnose and treat all types of eye disorders.

Ophthalmologists are the only eye care professionals certified to perform surgery on the eye. A subspecialist has undergone additional years of medical training exclusively in their chosen area of expertise, for example, retinal diseases, glaucoma, cornea or pediatrics.
lyssabard
May. 16th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
Btw, took that fast off some laser surgery site, but it's an accurate definition set.

helen99
May. 16th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
Do you know someone he could see? I suggested he call my optometrist's emergency number to see if she could recommend an ophthalmologist, but instead she directed him to the emergency room! I was rather astonished. What the heck are they going to do?? They're not even eye doctors! They'd probably throw him into a CAT scan and charge him a bunch for nothing. Before doing anything that drastic, I wanted an actual ophthalmologist to see him to rule out things like dry eye (soft lenses will become blurry if there isn't enough fluid in the eye), blocked tear ducts, or corneal abrasions (soft lenses sometimes cause those). Sometimes I think my optometrist is a ditz.
lyssabard
May. 16th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
I never go to an optometrist. Sorry, they know and can do diddly when it comes to an emergency.

Ok, I go to a good place:
Eye Associates of Washington DC
4910 Massachuesetts NW, Suite 21
Washington, DC 20016
202 686 6700

Call, tell them your symptoms, that you have no insurance and can pay out of pocket. Say I rec'ed you (Kelly Averett--i see Dr. Frank Ashburn).

You can even call that number now to see if they have an emergency clinic/number. (They should.)

helen99
May. 16th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks. We got some soft-contacts rewetting/clearing solution last night to see if that would improve things, and some fresh storage solution. We also broke out the Occuguard capsules that I have on hand for myself. If it hasn't improved he was going to go see someone (I'm at work now so I don't know what's happened so far). I think your guy would be the person to see.

Is this doctor along the Metro?
lyssabard
May. 16th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
Metro and a short buss ride. Call them and they will tell you exactly where/how.

Else, my place in Chevy chase (old specialist) Kevin Schwartz could also be contacted. That was a ride on the metro and a block or two walk.

All the Washingtone Eye folks are good, I believe.
lyssabard
May. 16th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
Ok, not to totally diss them--they are fine if your eyes are typically okay. Me, well, it's debatable if the optometrist I used to see is partially responsibile for missing signs of my incoming glaucoma.

So...not only am I arrogant in this department, I am biased. ;)

But, I also have 900 eye issues and know this routine.

helen99
May. 16th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
No, I'm right with you on this. The only reason I wanted him to call my optometrist at all was to get a recommendation for an ophthalmologist (I swear I can't type that without my fingers getting very confused - it's the digital equivalent of a tongue twister). Your recommendation is even better.
lyssabard
May. 16th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thx. Heh...Kasha, your font is too light to read while typing!

So says the old blind girl :).
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