Work with patients who have eye diseases and disorders.
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~ $172,000

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What do Ophthalmologists do?

An Ophthalmologist is a Medical Doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the eye. Your job responsibilities as an Ophthalmologist include prescribing medicine and performing surgery. You may work in a hospital, clinic, or private practice, and regularly see patients that have been referred to you by an Optometrist, another professional that specializes in optical health.

Unlike the Optometrist though, you are fully licensed to practice medicine and perform surgery. Surgeries can vary from the simple removal of a foreign object from the eye to a complicated cornea transplant. Your daily routine may also include prescribing medication, contact lenses, and eyeglasses. Your work is very intricate and labor-intensive. As you specialize in a very delicate and complex part of the body, the surgeries you perform are mostly done with the aid of magnifying glasses and microscopes.

As the saying goes, the eyes are the windows to the soul. To you, an Ophthalmologist well versed in eye health, they are also windows through which clues to the health of the rest of the body can be found. That’s why an Ophthalmologist is sometimes the first to detect an ailment as serious as a brain tumor or diabetes.

Should I be an Ophthalmologist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become an Ophthalmologist

    We recommend at least a Doctoral degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's. Check out these schools offering Ophthalmologist-related education!
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