What does an ophthalmologist do?
- Operating specialist equipment including slit lamps, ophthalmoscopes, and lenses
- Performing microsurgery on the eye
- Providing diagnoses and treatment plans for eye diseases and disorders
- Managing the care of patients with chronic eye disease
- Working with other medical specialists, nurses and care providers
What skills do I need to be an ophthalmologist?
- Attention to detail and organisational skills
- Able to perform well under pressure
- Exceptional dexterity necessary to perform microsurgery
- Interpersonal skills to communicate with patients and other medical practitioners
- Strong research skills to develop your specialist knowledge
Ophthalmology is an interesting medical profession as it provides patients requiring both surgical intervention and non-invasive medical treatments. As your career progresses, you can elect to specialise your practice to suit your interests. Some ophthalmologists will specialise in oculoplastic and laser procedures, cataract surgery or specialise in other surgical work like vitreoretinal surgery. There are also options to work exclusively in research or consultancy.