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Ophthalmologist Job Description

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnoses and treatment of eye diseases and conditions. Ophthalmologists diagnose and treat all eye conditions, prescribing medicines, contact lenses or glasses, and performing surgeries where necessary. The eye diseases and conditions they manage include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, eye injuries, double vision, unusual red eye, and short-sightedness.

An ophthalmologist should be quick-thinking, well organized, self-motivated and disciplined, and have the ability to work well under pressure and manage time efficiently to provide medical care in a timely, careful and effective manner. They should also be able to make good judgments and act in the best interest of their patients.

What does an Ophthalmologist do?

Ophthalmologists may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Ophthalmologists usually work normal office hours. They work in medical offices, hospitals, clinics and private practices.

What is Required to Become an Ophthalmologist?

Ophthalmology is a specialty field in medicine. You will be required to be a licensed medical doctor, before advancing to become an ophthalmologist.

To become an ophthalmologist, It will take anywhere from 9-10 years of schooling, as you will need to obtain a bachelor’s degree from a medical school, complete an internship program, and then complete a residency program of up to 4 years in ophthalmology.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Ophthalmologists need to have:


Alternative Careers

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