An ophthalmologist is a professional who deals with the diseases and surgery of the visual pathways, including the eye and brain.
Here it must be kept in mind that an ophthalmologist is the correct and competent person to consult when there is some problem with the eyes. Only an ophthalmologist can prescribe any medicine for eye ailments or can perform corrective surgeries.
For many people, the fear of loosing their eyesight and becoming blind is a terrifying one, and as an ophthalmologist, you can expect to maintain an enduring relationship with your patients over many years. You’ll need a compassionate bedside manner as many patients enter your office under stress. You’ll perform conventional ophthalmologist duties, such prescribing corrective lens and treating infections; in addition, you’ll also perform surgical duties as well. Your most common ophthalmology surgical procedure is removing cataracts, but there are many procedures you will be trained in and certified to perform. Because so many visual issues are related to other diseases, you will be in constant contact with your patients’ other physicians as well to communicate about diagnoses and treatment plans. Your patients will vary in age from young to old, though you can choose to specialize in pediatric or geriatric ophthalmology if you prefer to work with a specific patient demographic.
Ophthalmology, a specialized branch of medicine, has ample career prospects. The job openings are in government and private hospitals, health centres, health departments and NGOs. As an ophthalmologist, one can apply for the Combined Medical Services entrance examination conducted by the U.P.S.C for the position of ophthalmologist or senior specialist of Ophthalmology. Also state health services entrance examinations are conducted by the respective state provincial services commissions. One can also join defence services - in army, air force or navy as an ophthalmologist.
To become a qualified ophthalmologist, one should complete his/her MBBS degree first, and then go for post-graduation in Ophthalmology. The degrees are Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Master of Surgery (M.S.) and Diploma in Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery (DOMS). The concurrent training and work experience is in the form of a Junior Residency at a Medical College under the supervision of experienced faculty what is known as internship . Further work experience in the form of fellowship, registrar or senior resident refines the skills of these eye surgeons.
In government and private hospitals, ophthalmologists can earn anywhere between Rs.20, 000 – Rs.30,000 per month excluding other perks and benefits.
Apart from salaried jobs, one can start his/her own private clinic where the earnings are likely to be more. From a private practice, an ophthalmologist can earn Rs.2,000 – Rs.5, 000 per day depending upon his/her skills and popularity.
1. All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
2. Agartala Government Medical College
3. Al-ameen Medical College
4. Alluri Sitaramaraju Academy Of Medical Sciences
5.Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry