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Taxonomy Code 207W00000X

Level II Classification

  • Medicare Specialty Code: 18

  • Medicare Provider Type: Physician/Ophthalmology

An ophthalmologist has the knowledge and professional skills needed to provide comprehensive eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists are medically trained to diagnose, monitor and medically or surgically treat all ocular and visual disorders. This includes problems affecting the eye and its component structures, the eyelids, the orbit and the visual pathways. In so doing, an ophthalmologist prescribes vision services, including glasses and contact lenses.

American Board of Medical Specialties, 2007. [7/1/2007: definiton added, source added]

View all providers in Ophthalmology taxonomy.

See also

  • 207WX0120X Cornea and External Diseases Specialist
    An ophthalmologist who specializes in diseases of the cornea, sclera, eyelids, conjunctiva, and anterior segment of the eye.
  • 207WX0009X Glaucoma Specialist
    An ophthalmologist who specializes in the treatment of glaucoma and other disorders related to increased intraocular pressure and optic nerve damage. This specialty involves the medical and surgical treatment of these conditions.
  • 207WX0109X Neuro-ophthalmology
    A neuro-ophthalmologist is a subspecialist of ophthalmology. This physician evaluates, treats, and studies disorders of the eye, orbit and nervous system having to do with interactions of the visual motor and visual sensory systems with the central nervous system. Neuro-ophthalmologists manage patients with complex and severe neuro-ophthalmological disorders.
  • 207WX0200X Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    A physician who specializes in oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery. This subspecialty combines orbital and periocular surgery with facial plastic surgery, and includes aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, orbit, eyelid, and lacrimal system. Practitioners evaluate, diagnose and treat conditions involving the eyelids, brows, midface, orbits, lacrimal systems and surrounding and supporting structures of the face and neck.
  • 207WX0110X Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Specialist
    An ophthalmologist who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus management. The subspecialty includes the medical and surgical management of eye disorders found in children. Some of the more common disorders include amblyopia, strabismus, refractive error, cataract and glaucoma. These disorders may be related to neurological and endocrinological diseases, trauma, or aging changes in the extraocular muscles requiring medical, optical and surgical management.
  • 207WX0107X Retina Specialist
    An ophthalmologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases.
  • 207WX0108X Uveitis and Ocular Inflammatory Disease
    An ophthalmologist who specializes in the treatment of intraocular inflammation, scleritis, keratitis and infectious disorders affecting the eye and inflammatory disorders of the adnexa and/or orbit.

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