Ophthalmologists

What they do:

Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries of the eyes and related structures.

On the job, you would:

  • Provide ophthalmic consultation to other medical professionals.
  • Refer patients for more specialized treatments when conditions exceed the experience, expertise, or scope of practice of practitioner.
  • Instruct interns, residents, or others in ophthalmologic procedures and techniques.
  • Develop or implement plans and procedures for ophthalmologic services.
  • Educate patients about maintenance and promotion of healthy vision.
  • Conduct clinical or laboratory-based research in ophthalmology.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams of health professionals to provide optimal patient care.
  • Provide or direct the provision of postoperative care.
  • Document or evaluate patients' medical histories.
  • Prescribe corrective lenses such as glasses and contact lenses.

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Interests

  • Investigative
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  • Social
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  • Realistic
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  • Conventional
  • Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Enterprising
  • Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Artistic
  • Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
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