While there are many conditions that can affect a patient’s vision as they age, proactive care can help diagnose and treat conditions like glaucoma early on. At Memorial Healthcare, the ophthalmology team is dedicated to providing best-in-class vision care services, from annual exams to minimally invasive surgery. Located in Owosso, Memorial Healthcare proudly serves patients throughout the state of Michigan.
What Is an Ophthalmologist?
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in eye care. Ophthalmologists must complete four years of pre-medical undergraduate education, four years of medical school, one year of internship, and three or more years of specialized eye care training. They must also hold a license to practice medicine in their state.
An ophthalmologist may be a doctor of medicine (MD) or a doctor of osteopathy (DO). Ophthalmologists are sometimes confused with optometrists and opticians. Optometrists can provide vision tests, but they are not medical doctors. Neither are opticians, who are trained technicians who fit eyeglass lenses and frames, as well as contact lenses, for their customers.
Ophthalmologists provide routine eye care such as testing vision and prescribing corrective lenses. They also perform specialized care, such as surgical procedures. There are many different types of tests an ophthalmologist may use to test a patient’s vision and check for eye conditions:
- Visual acuity test: Most patients are familiar with this test in which they read increasingly smaller lines of letters from a chart.
- Color blindness test: This test uses charts with colored dots to check for red-green, blue-yellow, or complete color blindness.
- Ophthalmoscopy: This test allows an ophthalmologist to examine the back of a patient’s eye, including the retina and optic nerve, typically with the assistance of dilating eye drops.
- Tonometry: Patients can be screened for glaucoma using this test, which measures the pressure inside the eyes.
- Pupil constriction test: This is a simple test that uses a penlight to test the pupil’s ability to constrict.
Ophthalmology Services at Memorial Healthcare
Eye care services are offered through Memorial Healthcare. Services and medical procedures available at Memorial Healthcare Ophthalmology include:
- Dry eye treatment and management
- Eyelid surgery
- Glaucoma management and treatment
- Laser cataract surgery
- Macular degeneration management and treatment
- Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery
- Refractive cataract surgery
Additionally, Memorial Healthcare Ophthalmology regularly provides routine ophthalmic exams, especially for patients who have diabetes or take medications that put them at high risk of developing ocular side effects.
Meet Dr. Donna Qahwash
Donna Qahwash, DO, is a board-certified ophthalmic surgeon at Memorial Healthcare Ophthalmology. Her expertise includes treating cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Dr. Qahwash is a member of the:
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Osteopathic Association
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Division
Dr. Qahwash holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in medical technology and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, both from Michigan State University.