Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and disease of the eye and visual system.

The specialty of ophthalmology in Ireland includes two career structures

Doctors interested in pursuing either medical ophthalmology or surgical ophthalmology must first complete the Basic ophthalmology training programme.

From July 2018, a reconfiguration of the existing accredited programme in the form of two separate training pathways, one for medical ophthalmology and one for surgical ophthalmology, will be implemented.    The decision on which career pathway in Ophthalmology, either Medical or Surgical, will be made by the trainee on Day 1, Year 1 of their training programme.

If you are interested in a career in Ophthalmology, please contact the ICO office who can put you in touch with the Dean of Postgraduate Education or other Eye Doctors working throughout the country, whose team, either junior or senior, would be happy to talk to you.

Application for entry onto the National Training Programmes in Medical or Surgical Ophthalmology  will open in November 2018.

Selection & eligibility criteria can be located on the ICO website.




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