what is Ophthalmology?
Ophthalmology is the technical term for the study of eye diseases. It includes the prevention, diagnosis and medical treatment of diseases related to the organ of vision. Read here what ophthalmology makes possible and what ophthalmologists specifically deal with.
The medical term “ophthalmology” is derived from the Greek. It is made up of “Ophthalmos” (eye) and “logos” (word) and means something like “the word, the talk of the eye”. The beginnings of the doctrine of the eye, better known to most as ophthalmology, can be traced back to the Babylonians. This makes it one of the longest existing medical sub-disciplines. Ophthalmology deals with both disorders in visual perception as well as diseases and injuries of the eye as an organ – the eyelid over the eye socket to the skull back where the visual cortex(Visual cortex) Part of the cerebrum located in the back of the head; enables visual impressions (visual cortex) to where the sitting and optic tract (tract optic nerve) ranges.
What is an ophthalmologist?
The ophthalmologist (ophthalmologist) is the specialist in ophthalmology (ophthalmology). His areas of expertise are diseases and functional disorders of the eye, the appendix organs and the optic nerve up to the visual cortex in the brain, the processing center of vision. Based on the diagnosis, he decides on the appropriate medical treatments and forms of therapy.
The tasks of the ophthalmologist or ophthalmologist include advice and preventive examinations ( vision school , glaucoma ), and above all the treatment of visual disorders and eye diseases. Possible remedies and aids are medication such as eye drops or eye ointment, eye patches (occlusion therapy) or the prescription of visual aids such as glasses or contact lenses.
Ophthalmologist – duties and responsibilities
Ophthalmology is one of the oldest medical disciplines. The eye is one of the most important and complex human sensory organs. The anatomy of the eye includes both mechanical-functional and neural structures. The ophthalmologist’s area of responsibility is correspondingly extensive.
In addition to recognizing and treating diseases and functional disorders of the eyes, ophthalmology has close links to other fields such as ENT medicine, dermatology and neurology. Ophthalmologists are often asked to prepare ophthalmological findings as experts in order to confirm or exclude the diagnosis or suspected diagnosis in patients from other specialist disciplines, such as internal medicine or neurology.
If you find yourself to be in a situation where finding the best ophthalmologist Sydney gets difficult, then we are here to help you out with this. Below is a list of the top Sydney ophthalmologist. To help you find the best ophthalmologist Sydney located near to you, we put together our own list based on patient reviews.
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⇒ Dr Peter Martin
Dr Peter Martin is one of the leading ophthalmic surgeons in Australia with over 30 years of experience. Dr Martin’s knowledge extends from general ophthalmology to the sub-specialty of Oculoplastics which includes facial rejuvenation surgery, orbital and lacrimal disease, eyelid and facial reconstruction and CO2 laser blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). Due to his reputation in the field of Oculoplastic surgery he is often referred to as “The Eyelid Man” by his peers.
- general ophthalmology
- Oculoplastics which includes facial rejuvenation surgery
- orbital and lacrimal disease, eyelid and facial reconstruction
⇒ Dr Michael Jones
Dr Michael Jones specialises in paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, cataract and general ophthalmology. Michael is currently the Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney.
- paediatric ophthalmology
- strabismus, cataract and general ophthalmology
- External eye disease, Ocular oncology
- Ocular surface disease
⇒ Dr Andrew Chang
Dr Andrew Chang is a vitreoretinal surgeon and ophthalmologist. He holds an academic appointment of Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. He is a consultant ophthalmologist and the Head of Ophthalmology and the Head of the Retinal Unit at the Sydney Eye Hospital. He is the Medical Director of Sydney Retina Clinic.
- Vitreoretinal Surgery of retinal detachment
- Epiretinal membrane, Macular hole
- Vitreous haemorrhage
⇒ Dr Clare Fraser
Dr Clare Fraser specialise in neuro-ophthalmology and adult strabismus surgery in Sydney CBD, Gordon and Macquarie Uni. She completed her ophthalmic training at Sydney Eye Hospital and neuro-ophthalmic training at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology, London.
- general ophthalmology
- adult strabismus
⇒ Dr Greg Moloney
Dr Greg Moloney is an ophthalmologist with expertise in corneal and oculoplastic surgery at Sydney Eye Hospital in Mosman, Gordon and Narellan, NSW. He graduated with honours from UNSW medicine and went on to train as an ophthalmologist at Sydney Eye Hospital. He completed fellowship training in both corneal and oculoplastic surgery at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
- complicated cataract surgery, corneal transplantation
- eyelid, and lacrimal surgery
⇒ Dr John Downie
Dr John Downie is an ophthalmologist who specialises in the surgical and medical management of disorders of the retina, vitreous and cataracts. He is the principal of Retina Consultants.
- disorders of the retina, vitreous and cataracts
⇒ Dr Kimberley Tan
Dr Kimberley Tan is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmology. He completed his Medical degree in Sydney and Ophthalmology training in Melbourne. He undertook advanced subspecialist fellowship training in the United Kingdom and Canada.
- all areas of comprehensive ophthalmology
- micro-incision cataract surgery, strabismus (squint)
- paediatric ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology
⇒ Dr Diana Semmonds
Dr Diana Semmonds is a comprehensive ophthalmologist specialising in cataract and refractive surgery and all general ophthalmology. Dr Semmonds is a visiting consultant in ophthalmology at Sydney Eye Hospital where she conducts an outpatient clinic and operating session. She is a member of the Intraocular Implant Unit, and is actively involved in the training of future ophthalmologists.
- Cataract and Refractive Surgery
⇒ Dr Parth Shah
Dr Parth Shah is an opthalmic surgeon at Southern Opthalmology in Kogarah, Miranda, Wollongong and Sydney. He specialises in paediatric ophthalmology.
- Paediatric ophthalmology
- cataract surgery, strabismus