Ophthalmologists in Houston, Texas, Vision and Eye Care (TX Ophthalmology)
Ophthalmologists (MD) are Eye Doctors specializing in the medical and surgical care of eyes. In Houston, TX there are 111*
or more actively practicing. Regular responsibilities of an Ophthalmologist
- Performing eye surgery
- Diagnosis and treatment of medical eye disorders
- Prescribing Glasses and Contact Lenses
- Prevention of eye disease and injury
Eye diseases Ophthalmologists commonly treat:
- Cataracts cause a milky opacity in the lens of the eye, obstructing the vision of around 36,003* people in Houston, Texas.
Houston Ophthalmologists are estimated to diagnose almost 2,618* new cases of cataracts each year.
1,350,000 cataract extractions are performed by ophthalmologists across the country each year.
- Cornea, ocular surface, and external disease
About 65,461* office visits for corneal problems are held each year by Ophthalmologists in Houston, Texas.
About 26,184* residents of Houston have their sight impaired by corneal dystrophies.
44,000 sight-restoring corneal transplants occur each year nation wide.
- 60 million Americans, about 392,763* in Houston, TX are at risk for developing this optic nerve disease.
Roughly 19,638* glaucoma-related office visits are made to doctors in Houston each year.
It is estimated that 15,056* people in Houston, Texas are visually impaired by glaucoma; as many as 6,546* more have the disease but are unaware of it.
5,500 people nation wide become blind each year from the disease.
- Eye trauma
- The term Eye Trauma refers to any physical or chemical injuries to the eye. In Houston, TX as many as 6,919* eye injuries are reported every year, and over a million are reported nation wide.
- Ocular oncology
- Ocular oncology is the study and diagnosis of cancer growth and tumors of the eye. It is estimated that in the US alone, 2,340 new cases of eye cancer will develop in 2007. Removing tumors from the eye requires coordination between the ophthalmologist, cancer specialist, radiation specialist, general physician, and a team of support staff and nurses.
- Also refered to as cosmetic or plastic surgery, oculoplastic procedures include reconstruction of the eye, eye socket, tear ducts, and surrounding facial areas.
Reconstructive eye surgery has become the most popular elective surgery by women over 50. In 2006, about 230,000 were done across the country, 84% of those surgeries were performed on women.
In Houston, Texas that would equal 1,506*
operations, 1,265* on women and only 241* on men.
- Ophthalmic pathology
- Pathology is the study and diagnosis of disease through examination of organs, tissues, cells, and bodily fluids.
Pathologists' research develops into scientific advances to improve the accuracy and efficiency of medical diagnosis and treatment.
- Refractive surgery
- Commonly known as LASIK, this is a surgical procedure used to improve the refractive
state of the eye and decrease dependency on glasses or contact lenses.
Last year 1,400,000 Americans under went LASIK surgery, 54% men and 46% women.
In Houston, TX that would equal 4,949* Men and 4,215* Women.
- Strabismus (squint)
- Strabismus is the condition where the eyes are misaligned. Different types of strabismus include crossed eyes, out-turned eyes, or vertical misalignment. The problem may be present intermittently or constantly. Treatment options depend upon the type of strabismus, and may include glasses or contact lenses, and/or surgery.
- Pediatric Ophthalmology
- Pediatric ophthalmology is a subspecialty of ophthalmology dealing with children's eye diseases. These conditions include amblyopia (lazy eye), pediatric glaucoma, retinoblastoma (the third most prevalent form of cancer in children) and of course strabismus.
* This data has been compiled from multiple government and commercial sources.
Figures shown for Houston Ophthalmologist and Ophthalmology are estimates
based upon general statistical analysis and averages amongst the American population.
In the United States, in order to become an ophthalmologist, one must have completed four years of college,
four years of medical school and four to five years of additional specialized training. Certification by the American Board of
Ophthalmology is the last step in a long and intensive educational experience designed to assure
quality eye care for the American people.
How to find an Ophthalmologist in Houston, Texas
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based upon general statistic analysis and averages amongst the American population.