An ophthalmologist deals with the physiology, anatomy and any illnesses or diseases that may affect the eye. At the undergraduate level, students will learn through theoretical and practical practice, with clinical placements taking place throughout the degree at eye hospitals and clinics.
At the postgraduate level, programmes such as the Ophthalmology MSc at University College London see provide students “with a deeper theoretical and contextual knowledge to allow students to develop their clinical decision making skills in subspecialty areas and plan coherent next steps and further specialist study”.
A recent report published by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) showed that ophthalmology is now one of the busiest outpatient specialities in the UK, and demand for skilled ophthalmologists will continue to grow.
Ophthalmology graduates can practice as optometrists and enter the NHS, work with high street opticians or enter private practice. Employment opportunities in hospitals, community-based practices, the optical industry and optometry research will allow optometrists to advance their careers in the field of their choice.
Source: National Careers Service UK.
Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.
To learn more about the best ophthalmology courses in the UK, find details on a selection of UK universities that offer ophthalmology degrees:
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