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|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 of ophthalmologists is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 due to demographics, higher consumer demand, and expansion of healthcare. Some factors will temper growth such as new technologies allow ophthalmologists to be more productive. Optometrists, who can perform many of the routine duties of ophthalmologists at a fraction of the cost, may be increasingly used.|
|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.|
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 agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.