Alan W. Hughes, M.D. and Phillip Suffridge, M.D. are eye physicians and surgeons or ophthalmologists.

An ophthalmologist is a doctor of medicine who is licensed to practice medicine and surgery and who specializes in all aspects of eye and vision care.  An ophthalmologist’s education and training include four years of college, four years of medical school, and one year of general hospital experience treating diseases, and three to four years in a hospital-based residency program.

An ophthalmologist examines the eye as a complex part of the human body, but not in isolation from the rest of the body.  First trained in general medicine, then in an eye specialty, such a physician diagnoses and treats ocular disease and performs a variety of procedures, including operation for cataracts, glaucoma, eye muscle imbalance, eyelid abnormalities, and other less common types of eye problems.  Laser surgery is also used to treat of variety of eye conditions.  Full care of the eye includes prescribing glasses and/or contact lenses when these are appropriate.