What is an Ophthalmologist?

Ophthalmic Partners provides ophthalmology services for patients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the surrounding communities.

Ophthalmology is a medical specialty related to eye anatomy, function, and treatment of diseases of the eye. Several subspecialties of ophthalmology include corneal and external disease, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, ophthalmic pathology, ophthalmic plastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, and vitreoretinal diseases.


An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who, after four years of medical school and a one-year internship, spends another three years or more of residency training in ophthalmology and its subspecialties. The ophthalmologist is trained in the full range of eye care, from vision testing and eyeglass prescriptions to complex, delicate eye surgeries. Ophthalmologists are also often involved in eye research.


Board certification of an ophthalmologist requires that the eye doctor pass a rigorous American Board of Ophthalmology exam to assess knowledge, experience, and skill. The physicians at Ophthalmic Partners are all board-certified and have been fellowship-trained in their specialty areas.


Ophthalmic Partners is affiliated with the Wills Eye Institute and the Jefferson Health System. Wills Eye Institute was established in 1832 and has earned a reputation as the world’s premier eye care facility with a tradition of excellence. It is a comprehensive eye care treatment center with the most advanced surgical techniques and state-of-the-art diagnostic testing capabilities. Wills Eye also supports learning, research, and innovation to improve eye care and treatment of ophthalmic diseases.


The eye doctors at Ophthalmic Partners offer comprehensive ophthalmology services to residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and the surrounding communities of Southern New Jersey and Metro Pennsylvania. In addition to diagnosis, management, and referral for all kinds of eye problems at different stages, we also provide the following subspecialties:

Cornea, Cataract and External Diseases and Surgery.
Diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the cornea, sclera, conjunctiva, and eyelids. Includes complex cataract surgery, corneal tumors and perforations, and corneal transplants.

Anterior Segment.
Treats cataracts, corneal abrasions, dry eye, and other disorders of the anterior segment.

Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Involves surgical management of refractive errors of the eye to correct vision problems.

Strabismus and Ocular Motility.
Treatment of abnormalities of the extraocular muscles.

Advanced Technology Intraocular Lens Implant.
Surgical implantation of a flexible optic lens to correct vision or restore loss of focusing power.

Glaucoma and Related Disorders.
Treatment of glaucoma and disorders related to increased intraocular pressure and changes in the optic nerve.

Pediatric Ophthalmology.
Treatment of eye disorders in children, such as strabismus, amblyopia, and genetic and developmental abnormalities.

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Early detection of eye disease is the best defense against vision loss, particularly for individuals over the age of 40. Should you experience any vision problems that could be an indicator of an eye disorder, contact one of our offices in Philadelphia, PA, Bala Cynwyd, PA, Media, PA, or Marlton, NJ, as soon as possible to book an assessment.

The eye doctors and surgeons at Ophthalmic Partners have the necessary expertise and experience to diagnose, manage, and treat complex eye disorders and diseases. Visit us today to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.