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Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric - 29-1241.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Diagnose and perform surgery to treat and help prevent disorders and diseases of the eye. May also provide vision services for treatment including glasses and contacts.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Clinical Ophthalmologist
  • Cornea Specialist
  • Glaucoma Specialist
  • Oculoplastic Specialist
  • Ophthalmic Surgeon
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Ophthalmologist Specialist
  • Physician
  • Retina Specialist
  • Surgical Ophthalmologist

SOC Occupation Groups

29-0000 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-1000 Healthcare Diagnosing or Treating Practitioners
29-1240 Surgeons
29-1241.00 Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric

Related Occupations


  • 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)
  • Ophthalmic Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • 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)
  • Opthalmic Surgical Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Optometrist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometrist (Navy - 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