A local ophthalmologist is a doctor who performs surgical treatments for patients with eye diseases or conditions. A local ophthalmologist is different from a local optometrist in that an optometrist doesn’t perform surgery. Talk to your local family physician about how a local ophthalmologist may be able to help you. Research has shown that there are a number of eye-friendly nutrients (zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein etc.) can reduce the risk of some eye diseases such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. You may benefit from working with a local nutritionist and local registered dietitian as well as your local ophthalmologist.