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General education requirements:

  • 4 years of college
  • 4 years medical school
  • 1 year of internship (in general surgery, internal medicine, or a "transitional" year of elective rotations in multiple medical specialties)
  • 3 years of ophthalmology residency
  • Optional 1-2 years of "fellowship" training in ophthalmology subspecialty

To be an ophthalmologist, need to have the following academic and personal qualities:

  • Good student, with a track record of A's and B's. 
    • Many ophthalmologists were typically competitive and known as "overachievers" throughout high school and college
  • Participate in extracurricular activities (be well-rounded)
    • Can include sports, music, arts, etc.
  • Good best corrected vision (with glasses or contact lenses is fine)
  • Good depth perception
    • good binocular vision, both eyes seeing well and working together to discriminate fine details in 3-dimensions 
  • Good hand-eye coordination and good fine motor skills
    • these skills can be learned through practice



"The Message"

Everton L. Arrindell, MD
Retina Specialist, Private Practice, Nashville, TN

Past chair of the Ophthalmology section of the NMA

Johnson, LN and Daniels OCB. Breaking the Color Line in Medicine:
African-Americans in Ophthalmology. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated; 2002.

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