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Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Science of the Eyes

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine specializing in the anatomy, function and diseases of the full visual pathway, including the eye, brain, and areas surrounding the eye.

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor, M.D., who is specialized in eye and vision care.

Ophthalmologists are trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery. They may also be involved in scientific research into the causes and cures of eye diseases and vision problems.

Ophthalmologist Training

  • 4 years of medical school and a year of internship.
  • 3 years of residency (hospital-based training) in ophthalmology. Residency includes: training in prevention, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of eye conditions and diseases.
  • 1-2 years of training in a sub-specialty, such as Glaucoma, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Retina, Cataract Care, or Refractive Surgery.

Learn more about our doctors’ education and areas of specialty by visiting our Ophthalmologists.

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