What is ophthalmology?

Ophthalmologists are qualified medical doctors with additional specialist training in the diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases, injuries and deficiencies of the eyes. Ophthalmologists are trained to carry out a broad range of eye care practises, from prescribing corrective lenses to performing complicated microsurgery. They may choose to focus on scientific research relating to causes, prevention, treatment and cures for eye diseases and vision problems. To become an Ophthalmologist in Australia you need to undertake around 12 years of tertiary study – first completing a medical degree and training, before specialist ophthalmic training.