The Best Eye Specialist in Arizona.
Neal Nirenberg, MD, FACS
Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Patients all over the world often want to find the "BEST" eye specialist,
eye surgeon, or eye doctor.
While there are many different opinions about what this means,
in our opinion, the best eye specialist for you is the one most qualified
to treat your particular condition, and with whom you feel the most confident
Since there is no official "rating" system
for eye specialist, for the most part, it's up to you to learn about the
physician in whom you are placing your trust. With that in mind,
here are a few common FAQ's to consider:
What is an Ophthalmologist?
At East Valley Ophthalmology, our physicians are all ophthalmologists. This
means they are medical doctors (M.Ds) that specialize in the medical and
surgical treatment of eye diseases and other related eye-specific conditions.
As well, ophthalmologists provide routine eye exams, treat glaucoma, and
prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses.
The training required to become
an ophthalmologist is amazingly long and rigorous. It includes a minimum of
four years of undergraduate college, at least four
years of medical school, a one-year internship in general medicine
(usually at a hospital), and a three-year residency in ophthalmology at an
accredited teaching program. Following this, many ophthalmologists complete
one or two additional years of training in a fellowship program to concentrate
in a particular aspect of eye medicine, to become an eye specialist. In addition
to that, yearly Continuing
Medical Education (CME) is a mandatory requirement that must be
met for the renewal of practicing ophthalmology certificates.
For more information: Ophthalmologist
What is a "Board Certified" Ophthalmologist?
Board certification means that your ophthalmologist has taken
and passed rigorous examinations that cover all aspects of medical and surgical
eye care. These examinations are completely voluntary. An ophthalmologist is
not required by law to be "board-certified"
for the practice of medicine. The American Board of Ophthalmology
(ABO) is the
main certifying body for ophthalmologists in the United States. At East Valley
Ophthalmology, our physicians are Board Certified.
What is an Eye Specialist?
By definition, all ophthalmologists specialize in treatment
of eye problems. However, some choose to concentrate even further in one or
more specific areas. This is typically done after they complete a fellowship
training program. An eye specialist may focus on treatment of a particular
disease, such as glaucoma, or in a specific part of the eye like the retina
or the cornea, or in a particular field such as pediatric care.
At East Valley Ophthalmology, our physicians specialize in cataract
diseases of the eye, corneal
transplantation, glaucoma, diabetic
macular degeneration, plus anti-aging
procedures, including cosmetic
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Optometrists and Opticians in Arizona:
There are many other eye care professionals, such as optometrists and
opticians. They are authorized to provide limited aspects of eye
Optometrists in Arizona provide
routine vision care services, prescribe eyeglasses and fit contact lenses.
In Arizona specifically, as in some other states, optometrists have been legislatively
permitted to treat certain eye diseases. Optometrists are not medical
doctors and may not perform surgery, but they do basic eye exams and often
refer patients to ophthalmologists for conditions that require surgery.
For more information: Optometrist in Arizona
Opticians in Arizona dispense eyeglasses, but
do not perform eye exams or treat any eye diseases. At the present time,
opticians are not required to be licensed in Arizona.
Visit our Optical Shop: Eyeglasses in Arizona
The eye specialists of East Valley Ophthalmology perform advanced
technology diagnostic testing and treatment, as well as taking
the time necessary to provide each patient with information needed
to fully understand their condition and to achieve their best possible
If you would like further information, please call our office at:
East Valley Ophthalmology
Eye Doctors - Mesa, Arizona
If you or a family member
or friend have not had a recent routine eye examination, have a specific eye condition that needs addressing, or are looking for
an eye specialist or professional eye consultant please take a moment to Request an Appointment.
Selecting the Best Eye Specialist in Arizona.