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Ophthalmology covers the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the eyes and visual system. It is a mixed medical and surgical specialty and the practice is very diverse, dealing with a variety of issues and clinical conditions. Patients come from across the whole age spectrum from premature babies to older people. Common conditions treated […]

Ophthalmology covers the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the eyes and visual system.

It is a mixed medical and surgical specialty and the practice is very diverse, dealing with a variety of issues and clinical conditions. Patients come from across the whole age spectrum from premature babies to older people.

Common conditions treated include:

  • Diseases of the cornea
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Squints
  • Retinal problems
  • Intraocular inflammation
  • Eye-related neurological problems.

Ophthalmologists also manage patients with:

  • Eye injuries
  • Infectious eye disease
  • Chronic diseases of the eye such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.

For more information see the NHS Careers website.

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