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Ophthalmologists are medical professionals with a focus on providing complete medical and surgical care for the eyes and vision. Only ophthalmologists have received medical training to diagnose and treat all eye and visual issues, including the need for vision aids like glasses and contacts, as well as to treat and prevent medical eye disorders through surgery. In the US, becoming an ophthalmologist requires completing four years of college, four years of medical school, and an additional four to five years of specialised training.
Ophthalmology residency programs must last at least 36 months in length, not including appropriate short breaks for vacation, special assignments, or exceptional personal circumstances that have been approved by the program director.
Paediatric ophthalmologists are typically ophthalmologists with specialised training in treating children. Paediatric ophthalmologists are medical professionals in the United States who have finished medical school, a one-year internship, a three-year ophthalmology residency, and a one-year fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus accredits paediatric ophthalmology fellowships in the United States.
Around the time children start learning the alphabet and then every one to two years after that, every child should have a vision screening in a paediatrician or family doctor's office. If eye issues are suspected, screening should start sooner.
Paediatric ophthalmologists concentrate on the growth of the visual system and the various illnesses that impede childhood visual development. Paediatric ophthalmologists are skilled at treating the various childhood ocular diseases. Paediatric ophthalmologists are qualified to manage children's eye conditions with glasses and medications as well as complex eye surgery.
Children with head turns, head tilts, eye squinting, or preferred head postures (torticollis) are frequently referred to a paediatric ophthalmologist for evaluation in addition to kids who have obvious vision issues. Adults with eye movement disorders are typically treated by paediatric ophthalmologists as well.
Anyone interested in pursuing ophthalmology training in the UK must submit an application through National Recruitment via the Severn Deanery. As an alternative, you can apply through the Dual Sponsorship Scheme if you want to complete between 6 and 24 months of training in the UK. If you want to apply for a medical fellowship, you must meet the following requirements: