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Ophthalmologists - 29-1069.06

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Comprehensive Ophthalmologist
  • Director, Emergency Ophthalmology Services
  • General Ophthalmologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Ophthalmologist-Retina Specialist
  • Physician
  • Retina Subspecialist
  • Retinal Surgeon
  • Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

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  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams of health professionals to provide optimal patient care.
  • Conduct clinical or laboratory-based research in ophthalmology.
  • Develop or implement plans and procedures for ophthalmologic services.
  • Develop treatment plans based on patients' histories and goals, the nature and severity of disorders, and treatment risks and benefits.
  • Diagnose or treat injuries, disorders, or diseases of the eye and eye structures including the cornea, sclera, conjunctiva, or eyelids.
  • Document or evaluate patients' medical histories.
  • Educate patients about maintenance and promotion of healthy vision.
  • Instruct interns, residents, or others in ophthalmologic procedures and techniques.
  • Perform comprehensive examinations of the visual system to determine the nature or extent of ocular disorders.
  • Perform laser surgeries to alter, remove, reshape, or replace ocular tissue.
  • Perform ophthalmic surgeries such as cataract, glaucoma, refractive, corneal, vitro-retinal, eye muscle, or oculoplastic surgeries.
  • Perform, order, or interpret the results of diagnostic or clinical tests.
  • Prescribe corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses.
  • Prescribe ophthalmologic treatments or therapies such as chemotherapy, cryotherapy, or low vision therapy.
  • Prescribe or administer topical or systemic medications to treat ophthalmic conditions and to manage pain.
  • Provide ophthalmic consultation to other medical professionals.
  • Provide or direct the provision of postoperative care.
  • Refer patients for more specialized treatments when conditions exceed the experience, expertise, or scope of practice of practitioner.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
  • Monitor patients following surgeries or other treatments.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
  • Prescribe assistive medical devices or related treatments.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Test patient vision.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Treat chronic diseases or disorders.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Eye Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Medical Service Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Cornea/External Disease (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Neuro-Ophthalmology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Oculoplastics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Pathology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Strabismus/Pediatrics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Vitreous/Retina (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometrist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometry (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometry Apprentice, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Craftsman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Helper, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Journeyman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Ophthalmologist