Ophthalmology at Uniontown Hospital
See the difference our trained specialists can make.
Uniontown Hospital offers board-certified ophthalmologists who are doctors trained to diagnose and treat eye diseases, perform eye surgery and prescribe corrective lenses.
In the area of eye care, ophthalmologists are the most highly trained specialists and are generally the only ones who perform eye surgery.
Here our doctors can help you with a wide range of eye problems, including decreased vision, floaters, eye injuries, double vision, crossed eyes, loss of peripheral vision and eye problems related to diseases such as diabetes, AIDS and thyroid disease.
Regular visits to an ophthalmologist are important to maintain healthy eyes and proper vision. They may also prevent loss of eyesight through the early detection and treatment of glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration.
What is the difference between an ophthalmologist, an optometrist and an optician?
As medical doctors, ophthalmologists are licensed to practice medicine and surgery. Although they perform regular eye exams and prescribe corrective lenses, ophthalmologists are also trained to treat eye diseases and perform eye surgery if necessary. Ophthalmologists must complete four years of college, plus eight years of medical education and training.
Optometrists are doctors of optometry, and are licensed to prescribe corrective lenses and screen for eye abnormalities. Generally, they do not perform surgery. Optometrists must attend two to four years of college, and four years of optometric college.
Opticians fit and adjust glasses and contact lenses that are prescribed by ophthalmologists and optometrists. Many opticians receive training through a preceptorship or two years of opticianry school.