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What is Ophthalmology ?

Ophthalmology is the medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders that affect the eye and associated parts of the visual system.

A short list of medical conditions and disorders of the eye is included in the "Human Body" Section of this website. A more comprehensive list of conditions with information about each is in the glossary section.

More about Ophthalmology:

A medical specialist in the field of ophthalmology (diagnosing and treating disorders of the eyes and associated visual system) is called an ophthalmologist.

This is not to be confused with an optician. There are two types of opticians. They are:

  1. Dispensing Opticians - who make and fit spectacles, and
  2. Opthalmic opticians who are also known as optometrists and who can both test people to determine the spectacles required and also dispense them.

The adjective used to refer to ophtalmology is "ophthalmological".

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