An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating diseases and ailments with the eyes. Their duties range from administering regular eye exams to patients who have no difficulty with their eyes to performing eye surgery on patients needing vision correction or cataract removal. Additionally they treat patients who have retinal diseases glaucoma corneal problems and many other medical issues that can occur within the eye. Some ophthalmologists specialize in performing eye surgery for cosmetic reasons. Ophthalmologists are experts at evaluating the symptoms that patients are experiencing and determining the cause of the problems. Additionally they treat eye-related medical issues with the use of treatment plans that may include eye exercises the use of special contact lenses prescription medication and surgery. They also discuss with patients the best and most effective ways to take care of the eyes and they provide advice on how to prevent eye problems that can be caused by behaviors or habits that a person can control. The website www.buzzle.com describes the educational path that an ophthalmologist must take as first obtaining an undergraduate degree then graduating from medical school and finally working as a medical resident for a minimum of three years. Upon completing a medical residency an ophthalmologist must pass required board examinations. According to the website www.salary.com an ophthalmologist’s salary varies greatly depending on the number of years they have been in practice as well as their area of specialization. The salary range is between $138000 and $716000 per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that this profession is expected to grow significantly in the near future because of the need for eye doctors to treat the aging population of the world.

Education Required: Doctoral Degree
Avg Salary: $427000
High Salary: $716000
Low Salary: $138000
Tasks: Diagnoses and treats eye diseases.
Uses specialized equipment to examine patients' eyes.
Prescribes treatments and medications.
Administers routine eye exams.
Also Called: Eye Doctor
Eye Care Physician
Eye Surgeon
Medical Ophthalmologist
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