Diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent diseases and injuries of the eyes and related structures.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Performs ophthalmic surgeries such as cataract, glaucoma, refractive, corneal, vitro-retinal, eye muscle, and oculoplastic surgeries.
- Performs comprehensive examinations of the visual system to determine the nature or extent of ocular disorders.
- Documents or evaluates patients' medical histories.
- Diagnoses or treats injuries, disorders, or diseases of the eye and eye structures including the cornea, sclera, conjunctiva, or eyelids.
- Provides or directs the provision of postoperative care.
- Performs, orders, or interprets the results of diagnostic or clinical tests.
- Develops treatment plans based on patients' histories and goals, the nature and severity of disorders, and treatment risks and benefits.
- Prescribes or administers topical or systemic medications to treat ophthalmic conditions and to manage pain.
- Performs laser surgeries to alter, remove, reshape, or replace ocular tissue.
- Provides ophthalmic consultation to other medical professionals.
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