Ophthalmology is an incredibly gratifying field, encompassing both medical and surgical treatments to preserve and improve sight for our patients.
Resources for Medical Students from the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Largest online forum for ophthalmology having information of applying in ophthalmology and miscallenous questions.
A fantastic resource written by an ophhtlalmologist Timothy Root with entertaining lectures and text to explain ophthalmology as a medical student level.
Website started by ophthalmology resident which has helpful information on applying to ophthalmology
- Abridged from a presentation by Daniel Chao, M.D., Ph.D.
- Ophthalmology is very technology oriented with cutting edge lasers, microscopes, cameras and various instruments to use to prevent blindness
- Not only do diagnose eye disease, but we can save lives through diagnosis of pituitary tumors, CNS aneurysms, sequale and hypertension and diabetes, and cancer
- Clinic consists of examination with various microscopes, office procedures such as lasers, injections and biopsy. It is more than just a vehicle to sign up people for surgery.
After finishing training, most ophthalmologists work regular hours with time for family and other activities.
Cornea, Pediatrics, Retina, Oncology, Glaucoma, Ocular Pathology, Neuro-ophthalmology- there is something for everyone
- The #1 cause of blindness in the world is cataract. A simple 10-15 minute procedure that you learn in residency can literally “cure blindness” in many parts of the world. Few things are more satisfying than this
- Most surgery is under the microscope, lasting between 10 minutes to 2 hours. - And you get to sit down like a civilized person!
Ophthalmology is an ideal field for MD/PhDs. Ophthalmology is at the forefront of biomedical research in gene therapy, stem cells and regenerative medicine, imaging, vascular biology among others. All areas of research are represented within ophthalmology. There are huge opportunities for clinician-scientists in ophthalmology and much less competitive compared to saturated areas like oncology and neurology.
People fear going blind more than dying. Thus, when you suggest treatment for their eyes, patients will usually follow it.
The ophthalmology community is filled with inspiring smart, happy and fun to be around people.
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