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How many years does it take to be a ophthalmologist?

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William Cain on March 28, 2019

An ophthalmologist-Eye M. D.-is a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. In addition to four years of medical school and a year of internship, every Eye M. D. spends a minimum of three years of residency (hospital-based training) in ophthalmology. During the residency, the Eye M. D. s receive special training in all aspects of eye care, including prevention, diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of eye conditions and diseases. Often, an Eye M. D. spends an additional one to two years of training in a sub-specialty, that is to say, a specific area of eye care (for example, glaucoma or pediatric ophthalmology.) Ophthalmologists are specially trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery. Many ophthalmologists are also involved in the scientific investigation of the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision problems.


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