After medical school, ophthalmologists complete residency training and are required to obtain board certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology. In addition, many ophthalmologists choose to do a 1 or 2 year fellowship.
Overall, it takes about 12 – 14 years of education after high school to become an ophthalmologist.
Some ophthalmologists focus on one or more sub-specialties of the eye including:
- Plastic surgery
Lastly, ophthalmologists are trained on all aspects of the human body and visual system.
It’s easiest to think of them as your primary eye surgeons!
*This description fits true for ophthalmologists in the United States and may vary from country to country.