Medical Ophthalmology


Programme Director Dr Ranjeet Pandit

Specialty Programme CoordinatorJon Adcock

School Manager: Nicola Robinson

HR OfficerSteven Callender


Medical ophthalmology involves disorders affecting visions. Training in this area gives experience of investigation, diagnosis and management of these disorders. ophthalmic physicians will have knowledge in immunosuppression, neurology and cardiovascular medicine, but they will also have organisational and public health skills which are needed when they are involved in managing large diabetic retinopathy screening programmes.


The common work load for an ophthalmic physician involves the management of the main causes of permanent (but often preventable) causes of visual impairment. This involves:

  • Ocular and Orbital Inflammation
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Ophthalmic Procedures


Medical ophthalmology is a very rewarding subject, with a diverse range of expertise needed for the role as well as the therapy being highly responsive in majority of conditions. The role is mainly all outpatient based and contains a varied workload. There has also been an increase in the medical workload for medical ophthalmology which means doctors now have the option to train specifically in medical ophthalmology as well as receive core medical training that other specialties receive, or core ophthalmic training which is received by ophthalmic surgeons in training.


Medical ophthalmology also overlaps with a diverse range of other specialties such as dermatology, diabetes and endocrinology, infectious diseases, medical genetics, neurology, neurosurgery, rheumatology and stroke medicine. This means there may be opportunities to learn more about these areas as well as apply previously gained knowledge towards this role.


If you wish to learn more about medical ophthalmology opportunities, the training programme curriculum and career within the field please explore the links below:

Medical Ophthalmological Society Website

Medical Ophthalmology on the JRCPTB Website



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