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Medical ophthalmology

Medical ophthalmologists (also known as ophthalmic physicians) are doctors who prevent, diagnose and treat medical eye conditions, many of which are related to systemic disease, such as diabetes.

Training and qualifications required

Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine, 2 years foundation doctor training, then either 2 years core training (CT1-2 ) or 2 years Ophthalmic Specialty training followed by followed by 5 years specialists training (ST3-7). This period of training will include your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.

Expected working hours and salary range

Doctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings and weekends, on call unlikely. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

For this role you will enjoy applying practical skills to your profession, this will include having good hand-eye co-ordination and excellent manual dexterity. You'll also have a willingness to direct your own learning and keep yourself up-to-date with current research. Your good communication skills will enable you to communicate effectively and sensitively with a wide range of people. This will be supported by your excellent organisational, team working, leadership and management skills.

Prospects

There were 14 consultants in medical ophthalmology in the UK in 2016. There is considerable score for growth of the specialty. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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