Ophthalmologist Job Description And Profile

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with eye disorders.  Not to be confused with Optometrists who also can diagnose eye diseases but cannot prescribe treatment beyond enhancing visual acuity, Ophthalmologists treat diseases of the eyes and perform surgery when required.  They can be found in all hospitals and in private eye care clinics along with optometrists.  Pharmaceutical firms also may employ them as consultants for research work in formulating eye care products.

Ophthalmologist Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Diagnose eye disorders in its structure including the eyelids, cornea, sclera, conjunctiva, etc.
  • Treat minor and major eye trauma or injuries.
  • Prescribe ophthalmologic therapies such as, cryotherapy, chemotherapy and low vision therapy.
  • Conduct thorough test of the visual system to determine severity and nature of ocular disorder.
  • Perform ophthalmic surgeries like refractive, eye muscle, cataract, glaucoma, corneal, ceroplastic, and vitro-retinal surgeries.
  • Perform laser surgeries to alter, excise or reshape ocular tissue.
  • Design and develop treatment plans based on patients’ medical histories and objectives, the severity of disorder, and therapeutic risks and benefits.
  • Prescribe or refer to Optometrists for proper corrective lenses such as glasses and contact lenses.
  • Prescribe topical or systemic medications to treat ophthalmic conditions and to manage pain.
  • Keep abreast with trends in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases

Ophthalmologist Job Skills and Specifications

  • Must have knowledge in the use of high technology devices and tools in diagnosing and treating eye disorders.
  • Must have excellent communication skills
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and people management skills

Ophthalmologist Job Education and Qualifications

A doctor of medicine with specialization in ophthalmology and a state license to practice as a doctor is basic.

Ophthalmologist Job Salary

Depending on the location of the hospital and size of the hospital, an Ophthalmologist in 2009 earned anywhere from $121,700 to $251,563 inclusive of bonuses and commissions.