Ophthalmology

Data may weigh on pros/Cons of expanded care optometry

(HealthDay)—More than three-quarters of residents living in states where optometrists have been granted expanded scope of practice live within an estimated travel time (ETT) of 30 minutes to the nearest ophthalmologist ...

Ophthalmology

Longer appointment times in clinic where trainees present

(HealthDay)—The presence of trainees in an outpatient ophthalmology clinic is associated with longer appointment times, even for appointments for which the trainee is not present, according to a study published online Nov. ...

Ophthalmology

'Eye freckles' may predict sun-related problems

(HealthDay)—Dark spots that appear on the iris—the colored part of the eye—aren't cancerous, but these "eye freckles" could signify other issues related to excessive sun exposure, researchers say.

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology patients interested in online notes

(HealthDay)—Ophthalmology patients are strongly in favor of accessing doctors' notes online, according to a study published online April 17 in Ophthalmology & Physiological Optics.

Ophthalmology

Study examines malpractice litigation in peds ophthalmology

(HealthDay)—In ophthalmology medical malpractice litigation, cases involving pediatric versus adult patients are more likely to result in verdicts in favor of the plaintiff and have higher jury awards and indemnity payments, ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Alzheimer's detected before symptoms via new eye technology

Rockville, Md. Scientists may have overcome a major roadblock in the development of Alzheimer's therapies by creating a new technology to observe—in the back of the eye—progression of the disease before the onset of symptoms. ...

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Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. An ophthalmologist is a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems. Since ophthalmologists perform operations on eyes, they are considered to be both surgical and medical specialists.

The word ophthalmology comes from the Greek roots ophthalmos meaning eye and logos meaning word, thought, or discourse; ophthalmology literally means "the science of eyes". As a discipline, it applies to animal eyes also, since the differences from human practice are surprisingly minor and are related mainly to differences in anatomy or prevalence, not differences in disease processes[citation needed]. However, veterinary medicine is regulated separately in many countries and states/provinces resulting in few ophthalmologists treating both humans and animals.

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