|Overview:||Ophthalmologists diagnose & treat diseases & injuries of eyes. They measure loss of vision & prescribe glasses or contact lenses. They perform surgery to remove eye tumors, cataracts, and correct muscle problems. They make extensive use of equipment to measure eye functions.|
|Duties:||Ophthalmologists prescribe and treat diseases, injuries and vision problems of patients. Make use of instruments to measure visual acuity, visual deficiencies and eye abnormalties.
They prescribe the corrective lens specifications for eye glasses and contact lens that will correct vision problems. They determine whether contact lenses are appropriate for the patient.
They conduct surgery to remove tumors or foreign substances from the eye. Remove cataracts and correct eye muscle problems. May use laser beams in surgery.
Diagnose the causes of eye infection by observation of patient symptoms and laboratory testing. They prescribe medication and treatments such as heat to kill bacteria and microbes.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Health Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
|Job Outlook:||Employment in this field is projected to grow 14% or higher from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$115,000 to $130,000|
|Education Level:||This occupation generally requires an advanced degree (e.g. Ph.D.). The typical commitment is a minimum of 3 years of study beyond a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.|
|Additional Training/Education:||All states require ophthalmologists to be licensed. Licensing involves graduation from a medical school (usually 4 years), passing an examination, and up to 7 years of "residency" graduate medical training in ophthalmology. The minimum educational requirement for acceptance to most medical schools is 3 years of college study.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.