Different health professionals involved in eye care
Ophthalmology is the science of eye disease and its surgical and medical treatment.
An ophthalmologist, or eye doctor, is a specialist medical practitioner who has completed firstly a medical degree and then further training in ophthalmology.
At Ashfield Eye Clinic, care is provided by the doctor, with the assistance of orthoptists and nurses.
Orthoptists have a Science degree and study medical technology and eye science, They are expert at examining children, assessing vision and visual function and carrying out diagnostic procedures.
Optometrists, usually work autonomously, but sometimes also work within ophthalmic clinics. They are skilled in assessment of the status of vision and in the prescription of glasses and fitting of contact lenses. They are able to diagnosis eye conditions and initiate management in consultation with an ophthalmologist. They can share care collaboratively with ophthalmologists.
Our scope of practice:
There are a broad range of conditions of the eye affecting vision, comfort, appearance and wellbeing.
There are many important eye conditions which can affect general health and many general health conditions which can affect the eye.
An ophthalmologist has the background and experience to make these connections and understand the patient as whole.
The term ‘holistic’ in medicine refers to a comprehensive view and understanding of a patient’s needs, conditions and life circumstances.
An eye diagnosis can often help in the understanding of a patient’s general health.
Our mission is to provide modern, up-to-date medical care in a compassionate way and in a welcoming environment. We aim to preserve and improve vision aiming and to improve the quality of life of our patients.
Who can be seen?
Any patient may book to seen at our Clinic. A referral from either an optometrist or a general practitioner is required in order to receive a rebate from Medicare.