An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) who specializes in the medical and surgical care of your eyes and visual system.
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.