Entry requirements, skills and interests (medical ophthalmology)

This page provides useful information about the entry requirements needed for this specialty up to and including foundation training. It also includes information on the skills and interests you will need.

Entry requirements

Prior to starting your specialty training you need to have completed a medical degree followed by the two-year foundation programme and either two years of core medical training or two years of ophthalmic specialist training. If you have already made a decision to pursue a career in medical ophthalmology, try to get experience in the specialty or a related area.

To find information about getting into medical school, visit our applying to medicine pages.

To find information about the Foundation Programme, visit our applying for foundation training page.

Skills and interests

The skills and interests you will need include:

  • good hand-eye coordination and excellent manual dexterity
  • the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, their relatives and carers
  • leadership skills and the ability to work in a team
  • organisational skills, eg to be involved in the management of the diabetic retinopathy (a complication of diabetes, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the back of the eye ie the retina) screening programme
  • readiness to direct your own learning and keep your practice up-to-date

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