Careers in Ophthalmology
Opthalmologists are eye specialists who diagnose and conduct treatment for the diseases of the human eye and its related parts. They commonly acts as both physician and surgeon. Ophthalmologists examine, diagnose and treat diseases and injuries in and around the eye. They provide a full spectrum of care including routine eye exams, diagnosis and medical treatment of eye disorders and diseases, prescriptions for eye-glasses, surgery and management of eye problems that are caused by systemic illness.
To pursue a career in Opthalmology, one needs to first complete his MBBS.On completion of the same, he can opt for a three year post graduate degree in Opthalmology. Also available is a two-year postgraduate diploma program in Ophthalmology to MBBS graduates who complete the compulsory rotatory resident internship. Admission into these courses offered by medical colleges run by the Union and State governments, are made through the All-India Postgraduate Medical Entrance Examination conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. Some state quotas are also filled by the state concerned through State-level medical postgraduate entrance test. Further work experience in the form of fellowship, registrar or senior resident refines the skills of these eye surgeons.
Career Prospects in Opthalmology
Central and state governments recruit ophthalmologists for hospitals run by them. Departmental hospitals run by Railways and Defence and hospitals run by PSU are also a good option available to ophthalmologists. However most of the ophthalmologists prefer private hospitals, nursing homes and clinics because of high pay packages. Experienced ophthalmologists also can start their own eye-clinics. They also can involve themselves in research activities of organizations like ICMR. There is huge demand for Indian ophthalmologists in abroad particularly in USA, UK and Australia.
Ophthalmic technology is a highly remunerative career option. A fresh ophthalmologists working in government hospitals can earn Rs 12,000- 15,000 per month. Private sector hospitals offer very high pay packages to ophthalmologists, which may be with in the range of Rs 25,000-40,000 per month. Many ophthalmologists prefer to start their own practice, where the scope of earning is more.
Ophthalmology Colleges in India
Several institutes in India offer various courses in ophthalmology.Please Click here for a List of few institutes that provide course in Opthalmology :