Ophthalmic Photographer

Take HD pictures of patients' eyes to help doctors see and treat disease.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $63,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Ophthalmic Photographers do?

Ophthalmic Photographers combine art, medicine, and science into photography of the eye and its parts. This is a unique and highly specialized branch of medicine – and photography. You will work very closely with Ophthalmologists to create images for the best possible patient care, and to document diseases, diagnoses, and treatments taking effect.

Your daily tasks as an Ophthalmic Photographer include selecting filters for light, monitoring the patients’ eyes closely (through a microscope), injecting contrast into the patient, photographing the dye, and then developing the film and mounting and labeling the slides for the patient’s chart. As you might guess from these tasks, you can’t be easily grossed out by blood or infection if you want to be a successful Ophthalmic Photographer.

There are two ways in which to practice this position: Some hospitals have Ophthalmic Technicians who also do ophthalmic photography, while others have photographers specifically for ophthalmology.

Whichever role you choose, patient care will be your primary focus. After all, your art will be hanging in patient charts, not on a gallery wall. So if your love is science first and you have an artistic eye, then this job could work really well for you.

Should I be an Ophthalmic Photographer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become an Ophthalmic Photographer

    Most Ophthalmic Photographers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9cddaa&chl=no+college+%2864%25%29|certificate+%2829%25%29|associate%27s+%284%25%29|bachelor%27s+%284%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,64,64
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