At Dartmouth-Hitchcock Ophthalmology, we offer comprehensive ophthalmology services that include evaluation of eye disease, medical eye care, and cataract surgery. We also provide routine eye exams.
Routine eye exams
Regular eye examinations are an important part of staying healthy. An eye exam allows a doctor to correct any vision changes you've had since your last appointment, and helps find any eye problems at an early stage, when they are most treatable. If you have a family history of eye disease (for example, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or cataracts), it may be important to have more frequent check-ups.
Routine eye care includes screening for:
- General eye health, including screening for glaucoma and macular degeneration
- Refraction to determine if you need glasses or a change in your eyeglass prescription. We also fit both routine and specialty contact lenses.
- Loss of close vision. In most people, our ability to focus up close decreases as we age into our forties and beyond. This can be corrected with prescription or non-prescription reading glasses or bifocals.
Common eye conditions
We treat many common eye conditions using various types of treatments. Please refer to the following topics from the American Academy™ of Ophthalmology website to learn more about these common eye conditions and treatments:
- Amblyopia (lazy eye): when vision in one or both eyes does not develop properly during childhood
- Cataracts: a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye
- Diabetic retinopathy: a disease of the retina that many people with diabetes develop
- Dry eye: when you develop a problem involving your tears
- Floaters and flashes: shadows or dark objects that "float" across your field of vision and flashes of light (or sparks) that you may see when you move your head
- Glaucoma: an eye disease that damages the optic nerve
- Herpetic keratitis: an inflammation of the cornea
- Keratoconus: an eye condition that affects the shape of the cornea
- Macular degeneration: a disease that causes blurring of your central vision
- Pterygium (surfer's eye): a growth on your eye's conjunctiva
- Strabismus: visual problem in which the eyes are not aligned properly and point in different directions
Common eye surgeries
We provide common eye surgeries to treat various eye conditions. Please refer to the following topics from the American Academy™ of Ophthalmology website to learn more about these common eye surgeries:
- Cataract surgery: an operation to remove your eye's lens when it is cloudy
- Cornea transplantation: when the diseased cornea is replaced with a clear, healthy cornea from a human donor
- Open-angle glaucoma surgery: surgery to help stop further damage from glaucoma
- Torn or detached retina surgery: when a retinal tear or a detached retina is repaired with a surgical procedure
- Vitrectomy surgery: when your ophthalmologist removes vitreous gel and blood from leaking vessels in the back of your eye