Why Is Optho such a Desireable Career?

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  1. How is the variety of the work? What's the money like, on average, and the hours?
     
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    Dr. Doan,

    What are the "bread and butter" cases that a general ophthalmologist in private practice would see on a regular basis? As a resident, you probably get to see a little of everything. But in general private practice, what can you expect to see a lot?

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    Cataracts, refractive surgeries, glaucoma, diabetes, AMD, retinal detachments, strabismus, iritis/uveitis, ptosis/dermatochalasis, lid bumps (benign and malignant), and trauma.

    Cataract extraction is the most common surgery in the world.
    Refractive surgery is the #2 most common surgery in the world.

    With the baby boomers getting older, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, AMD, and oculoplastics will remain the bread and butter cases.
     
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    How much of ophthalmology is strictly sent to a retina doc? Isn't the future (macular degeneration, blindness....) going to rely on the retina specialists?
     
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    General ophthalmologists follow and treat AMD, diabetics, and retinal tears/detachments. Retina docs usually deal with the more severe cases that require surgical intervention.
     
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    Gee, I didn't realize "blindness" was the "future"

    Seriously, vitreoretinal surgeons get to do interesting surgeries, but so do other opthalmologists. Plenty of fun to go around for everyone...
     
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    I was not trying to say retina was better. Just looking for answers.
     

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