An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) who specializes in the medical and surgical care of your eyes and visual system.
In the video below, Dr. Omar Punjabi talks about what you need to know about ophthalmologists.
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The education and job duties of an ophthalmologist
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 cornea, glaucoma, retina, pediatrics, neurology, uveitis, plastic surgery, and cancer. Also, ophthalmologists are trained in all aspects of the human body and visual system.
As a result, it’s easiest to think of ophthalmologists as your primary eye surgeons!
*This description fits true for ophthalmologists in the United States and may vary from country to country.