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Did you know that the Eye Associates of South Texas – YouTube channel featuring the surgical technique and expertise of ophthalmologist Dr. JT Kavanagh has over 29 thousand subscribers?  One video in particular featuring “Cataract Surgery with Symfony Lens Implantation” has over 5.8 million views—of which most of those views are other ophthalmologists wanting to observe the surgery to become more familiar.  That’s a lot folks!  A link to the YouTube channel is below.

Ophthalmologists carry great responsibility. Their knowledge, experience, and expertise in eye diseases and issues can mean the difference between vision and blindness, a healthy eye or one that suffers from disease, or critical diagnosis that maintains legal vision for years or decades longer than you would have experienced without it.  Many patients are surprised when their ophthalmologist uncovers a latent health condition that their general practitioners have missed.

Patients of all ages will seek treatment for many conditions ranging from refractive errors like nearsightedness or astigmatism, to dry eye, macular degeneration, or cataracts.  But what is the education and training to become an ophthalmologist?

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors, who go to medical school and then specialize in ophthalmology just like an orthopedist specializes in the musculoskeletal system.  Becoming an ophthalmologist usually requires 12 to 15 years of training, which includes undergraduate and medical school followed by a one-year internship and three or four years of residency training. This is often followed by an additional year or two of fellowship training. Ophthalmologists can perform surgery, and many ophthalmologists specialize in a sub-specialty within ophthalmology.

When it comes to your eyes, and choosing the right ophthalmologist to help care for them, you want an eye doctor who has the right experience.  Dr. JT Kavanagh, Dr. Sharron K. Acosta, and Dr. Christina Bui, ophthalmologists with Eye Associates of South Texas, collectively offer more than four decades of medical and surgical eye care—and exceptional patient-centered care.  Click here to read their bios:  When you need the best in eye care, call us at (830) 379-EYES (3937).