Ophthalmologists are part of medicine and have to understand many different diseases as they treat the eyes. For example, a physician like David W. Parke II, MD, who specializes in diseases of the retina has to also be knowledgeable about diabetes, inflammatory diseases, microvascular conditions and more in order to provide the best possible care to his patients.

Dr. Parke is an ophthalmologist — an eye medical doctor and surgeon — and CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

 

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