A career in...
So you want to be an eye surgeon?
Combine the skills of a physician and a surgeon
- By: Andrew Swampillai, Matthew Wakefield
It is probably safe to say that most medical students’ experience of ophthalmology is less than stimulating. For most, it means sitting for long periods in a dark clinic room (usually resisting the urge to fall asleep) while wondering exactly what the registrar can see through his or her slit lamp. This all means that ophthalmology is greatly misunderstood, both as a specialty and a career. However, ophthalmology incorporates the use of the latest technological advances in surgery to try and produce the rewarding result of restoring eyesight. Here’s why you should consider it as a potential career.
The word “ophthalmology” is derived from the Greek and means “science of the eyes.” An ophthalmologist is a specialist who treats medical and surgical problems of the eye, the bony orbit, and the surrounding skin. The first manifestations of systemic disease are often ophthalmic, and the ophthalmologist must assess and initiate