With what educational qualifications can I become an Ophthalmologist?

educational qualification required to become an ophthamologist

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RE: With what educational qualifications can I become an Ophthalmologist?

Gomathi Venkat
Gomathi Venkat
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Managing Director at GV Counseling Group
  • Bengaluru

Dear aspirant

Ophthalmology is an excellent course related to eye care and it does require certain qualifications to become an ophthalmologist. I will brief you today on how to study this course, colleges and types of careers for ophthalmology. To become an ophthalmologist in future, one should compulsory study Science until 10th level at school and then compulsory study PCB physics, chemistry and biology at 12th level. students can also study ophthalmology with a PCMB route that also includes maths, however chemistry and biology are the compulsory subjects. Some international students choose to study Biotechnology in place of biology and definitely this discipline is also acceptable in place of biology. Colleges will only look for some subject related to biology and chemistry and nothing else.

So to become an ophthalmologist one should study a related discipline like the BSc Ophthalmology degree. This is the only basic qualification that will give you this career. To study BSc Ophthalmology, there are no entrance test required but some colleges might conduct their own entrance test or even accept AIMS All India Medical sciences entrance test. Colleges that offer BSc Ophthalmology degree in India are St Johns medical college Bangalore, Delhi medical college, Stanley medical college and hospital Chennai, Madras medical college, Adichunchanagiri institute of medical sciences Karnataka, All India institute of medical sciences New Delhi, Alluri Sitaramaraju academy of medical sciences Andhra Pradesh, Amrita school of medicine Coimbatore, Armed forces medical college Pune, Assam down town university, Assam medical college, BJ Medical college Gujarat, Bangalore medical college and research institute are considered the top colleges offering BSc Ophthalmology courses in India.

After Bsc Ophthalmology, students can do a MSc Ophthalmology and also can take sandwich training at both government or private eye hospitals. Some private hospitals that offer training are Arvind eye care, Vasan eye care, and many more. Students can also take Ophthalmology fellowship courses after completing an MSc degree and also a training. Fellowships can be taken actually by both MBBS students and MSc Ophthalmology students. Fellowships can be granted by either government or private hospitals, educational institutions, medical colleges and also by private eye care and research hospitals.

Therefore a BSc and an MSc Ophthalmology, training and related fellowships can help to become an ophthalmologist. All the best.

RE: With what educational qualifications can I become an Ophthalmologist?

Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
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Consulting Psychologist
  • Delhi

Dear Aspirant
The eligibility required to do the Ophthalmology course is a graduation in medicine (MBBS). The aspirants who have completed the medical school are qualified to apply for the programme. The post graduate courses in Ophthalmology are Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Master of Surgery (M.S.) and Diploma in Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery (DOMS).

Students can pursue BSc + MSc Optometry or ophthalmic techniques. You can work as Optometrist with this degree.

Hope your query is answered.

Best Wishes for bright career,
Apurva kumar Pandya, PhD

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