Ophthalmology is a small but highly competitive medical and surgical specialty, dealing with diverse ophthalmological problems and a wide range of patients from premature babies to the older population. Working alongside other professional colleagues, you will have the chance to offer sight-saving microsurgical or pharmacological treatments to patients of all ages, along with sub-specialty work in rare diseases.
Doctors training to be consultant ophthalmologists are trained in a variety of special interest areas and go on to make a career in one or more of the following:
- Oculoplastics and Orbit
- Cornea and Ocular Surface Disease
- Cataract Surgery
- Medical Retina
- Vitreoretinal Surgery
- Ocular Motility
- Paediatric Ophthalmology
- Urgent Eye Care
- Community Ophthalmology
What to expect as an ophthalmologist
Whilst the surgical workload of a general ophthalmologist may include squint and glaucoma surgery, oculoplastic and nasolacrimal surgery, cataract is the most commonly known eye condition that ophthalmologists deal with. Many of the population will need cataract surgery at some point in their lifetime. Because of the diversity of eye disease and patients, ophthalmologists may discuss a patient’s care and co-morbidities involving many other areas of medicine such as diabetes, rheumatology, neurology, ENT and maxillofacial surgery, plastic surgery, paediatrics and genetics. Read the short career guide So you want to be an Ophthalmologist? for more information.
Another important part of the patient care involves partnerships with other professions that ensure a joined up approach across primary and secondary care.
The road to qualification is challenging, but there are plenty of rewards and career routes to pursue, including academic research.
National Recruitment for Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST)
NHS England, Severn PGME coordinate national recruitment into OST on behalf of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Candidates are able to preference all available posts across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
All queries should be made directly to the recruiting team either by ringing 01454 252610 or emailing [email protected].
Applications are now closed. Please consult the person specification to review eligibility.
National Recruitment Deanery Proforma Information
The College has, in the past, produced additional information by region to assist in made available.
- East Midlands Deanery – no information provided
- East of England Deanery Proforma 2020
- KSS Deanery Proforma 2020
- London North Deanery Proforma 2020
- London South Deanery Proforma 2020
- Mersey Deanery – no information provided
- North West Deanery – no information provided
- North East Deanery Proforma 2020
- Oxford Deanery – no information provided
- Severn Deanery – no information provided
- South West Peninsula Deanery Proforma 2020
- Wessex Deanery – no information provided
- West Midlands Deanery – no information provided
- Yorkshire & Humberside, North Deanery – no information provided
- Yorkshire & Humberside, South Deanery – no information provided
- North Scotland Deanery – no information provided
- East of Scotland Deanery – no information provided
- South-East Scotland Deanery Proforma 2020
- West Scotland Deanery – no information provided
ST3 Medical Ophthalmology entry requirements changed in 2016. Trainees from an ophthalmology background – who completed OST2 and passed the FRCOphth Part 1 by August 2016 – may be eligible to apply. Successful applicants enter at ST3 level but complete a period of core medical training as part of their programme.