Ophthalmologists Salary in USA

The word "Ophthalmos" is Greek for "Eye" - combines with "Logy" meaning "study" giving us the meaning : One who has studied the eye, or a doctor of the eye. Many complain that Ophthalmogists maintain their elite club not allowing just about anyone to enter the specialty. I am not sure how that is done, but over the recent years, the Ophthalmologist pay-scales have gone down, thanks to reduced payouts by Medicare.

Yet, they remain pretty impressive.
It's a specialized surgical branch and as such is pretty tough for IMGs to enter.

Ophthalmologist Salary

Average Ophthalmologist  Salary
New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Seattle, WA
Houston, TX
Miami, Fl

National Average = $235,000/- 

NOTE: Ophthalmologist salary here apply to mid-career levels.

Lifestyle of ophtalmologist in USA is pretty controlled with most surgeries done on an elective basis...

How to Become an Ophthalmologist in the USA ?

A Three-year Residency in Opthalmology is needed AFTER a 1-year Transitional /Preliminary training in clinical medicine (Internal medicine or Pediatrics). Now, candidates have to seek the Transitional / Prelim years via the NRMP match and then apply for Opthalmology via the SFMatch .

Fellowship  Options After Ophthalmology Residency

There are big choice of specialization options after residency in ophthalmology. Some of them are listed below:

- External Eye Disease and Cornea Fellowship
- Glaucoma Fellowship
- Ophthalmic Pathology Fellowship
- Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship
- Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery Ophthalmology Fellowship
- Retinal Disease Surgery Fellowship

Useful books:
1. Ophthalmology Made Ridiculously Simple
2. Basic Ophthalmology
3. Review of Ophthalmology: Expert Consult - Online and Print
4. Clinical Ophthalmology: A Systematic Approach
5. The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Illustrated Manual of Ophthalmology

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