Careers in Medicine: Specialty Information
Nature of the work
An ophthalmologist has the knowledge and professional skills needed to
provide comprehensive eye and vision care for patients of all ages.
Opthalmologists are medically trained to diagnose, monitor, and medically or
surgically treat all ocular and visual disorders. They also provide consultative
services for the diagnosis and management of ocular manifestation of systemic
diseases such as diabete, hypertension, and infectious and non-infectious
inflammation. This includes problems affecting the eye and its component
structures, the eyelids, the orbit, and the visual pathways. In so doing, an
opthalmologist prescribes vision services, including glasses and contact lenses.
Residency training in Ophthalmology is four years.
The annual salary for ophthalmologists ranges from $150,000 - 351,000 for
full-time medical school faculty.
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