Ophthalmologists (except pediatric) diagnose and perform surgery to treat and help prevent disorders and diseases of the eye. They may also provide vision services for treatment including glasses and contacts.
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in eye care. They help prevent, diagnose and treat all illnesses, conditions and injuries that affect the eye. They may work as general ophthalmologists or specialize in eye treatment like retina care or surgery.
Ophthalmologist job description include performing ophthalmic surgeries, conducting comprehensive examinations, diagnosing or treating diseases or injuries, evaluating patients’ medical histories, providing postoperative care, performing or interpreting test results, developing treatment plans, administering medications, educating patients, and referring patients to other specialists.
To become an ophthalmologist, one needs to complete medical degrees at bachelor’s and master’s levels and specialize to become an eye doctor at a doctoral level. It may take several years of study and work experience before acquiring a license to start working. Ophthalmologists require technical knowledge in biology, medicine, psychology, physics, administration and management.
Ophthalmologists work in a variety of settings. These include public and private hospitals, clinics, private practices, eye hospitals, from home or online consultants. Ophthalmologist salary may vary based on one’s experience, role, location and type of employment.
To be successful, ophthalmologists should have the critical thinking, communication, judgement, decision making, problem-solving, and social perceptiveness skills.
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