Comprehensive Ophthalmology Services in Northern CO
Ophthalmology Surgery at The Surgery Center of Fort Collins
Proper eye care is critical for all ages, and annual eye screenings are essential to catch potential issues early on before they become severe. At the Surgery Center of Fort Collins, we offer comprehensive ophthalmology services and surgeries for patients in Northern Colorado, performed by leading ophthalmologists in the area. Our outpatient surgical center provides a less expensive surgery option than local hospitals, and we accept most major commercial insurance.
Ophthalmologist vs. Optometrist. What’s the Difference?
If you have experience researching eye doctors, chances are you've come across physicians with different titles in the world of eye care. It can be confusing to know who to visit based on your needs. At the Surgery Center of Fort Collins, our staff comprises certified ophthalmologists, the highest level of eye doctors educated in extensive surgeries of the eyes. What's the difference? Unlike our ophthalmologists, optometrists are not surgical specialists.
- Optometrist: Focuses on routine eye exams, diagnoses eye conditions, prescribes eyeglasses and contact lenses, offers medical treatments or minor surgeries to correct eye conditions.
- Ophthalmologist: Has advanced education and training to diagnose and manage internal and external eye diseases, training in eye disease subspecialties, receives ophthalmic surgical training for all types of eye conditions.
When to Visit an Ophthalmologist
Routine eye exams are important for everyone, even if you don’t wear glasses or feel that your vision is fine. Exams can reveal eye problems before any symptoms show. While both an ophthalmologist and optometrist can perform routine eye exams, if you think you have an eye problem like cataracts or have had trauma to the eye, seeing an ophthalmologist is recommended. Health conditions such as blood pressure and diabetes can affect your eyes, so it is critical to consider eye exams as part of your overall health treatment.
Symptoms of Serious Eye Conditions
The eyes are fragile organs that need to be cared for. Eyelashes, eyelids, and tears all act to protect them from dust, dirt, and bright light. However, health problems and eye injuries can require medical attention from an ophthalmologist, especially if you notice symptoms, such as:
- Blood in the eye
- Colors that appear dull
- Dark spots in vision
- Distorted or double vision
- Flashes of light
- Floaters in vision
- Headaches behind the eye
- Reduced vision
Professional Ophthalmology Procedures
If your ophthalmologist has diagnosed a condition with your eye, professional care is critical to successful surgery and healing, no matter what procedure is performed. At our outpatient surgery center, we go to great lengths to ensure that all patients receive proper care. Even after surgery, patients will receive detailed instructions for steps to take at home and for follow-up visits. Common procedures performed by our doctors include, but are not limited to:
- Cataract Surgery
- Glaucoma Surgery
- Retina Surgery
- Eye Muscle Surgery
- Corneal Transplant
Experienced Ophthalmologists in Northern Colorado
Professionalism is involved in everything we do, and our ophthalmologist is no different. The eyes require extreme care before, during, and after surgery to ensure a successful procedure and proper healing. Our staff is on hand to help answer questions you have about your surgery and provide you with detailed instructions about what you need to do leading up to, on the day of, and when you go home after your procedure.
Schedule Your Ophthalmology Appointment Today
The Surgery Center of Fort Collins has partnered with one of the most well-known ophthalmologists in Northern Colorado to offer comprehensive eye surgeries for patients of all ages. Our promise to every individual is to ensure each person receives the support of our highly-trained staff of nurses and doctors for the best experience possible. If your doctor or optometrist has recommended eye surgery for you or someone in your family, contact our office to learn more about our ophthalmology services today.