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A career in ophthalmology

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 30 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:j4791

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Re: A career in ophthalmology

Dear Editor,

Ophthalmology is a very elitist field in medicine and has a niche corner for itself in academic medicine. A gruelling work load in the form of observing minute details and meticulous recording, with a background in optics, neuronal circuitry, physiology and with a vast acumen of knowledge, ensured that only the top percentile of the class took on ophthalmology as a speciality subject.

Even academic ophthalmologists themselves will tell you that they have invested a fair amount of their lives either poring over books, glued to websites or recording details. However the investment required to sustain an ophthalmologist, because of the very nature of it being a technology driven field, has also acted as a deterrent for many wannabes.

Very often, the holistic nature of the field has also ensured that some of the earliest signs and pathologies are found in the eye. All in all, ophthalmology will always be technology driven and will always attract the elite and cream of medical school, money or no money!!!!

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 January 2020
Dr SR Dasari
formerly with Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust