Diplomate of National Board

Director of Sankara Nethralaya’s Academics division enlightens readers of leading national daily on the options and scope of Ophthalmology as a study and a profession

DR Meenakshi Swaminathan

Meenakshi Swaminathan, director, academics, Medical Research Foundation – Sankara Nethralaya, speaks with Sangeetha Nambiar about ophthalmology as a study and career option.

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine that involves the diagnosis and treatment of eye-related ailments. Over the years, the field of ophthalmology has seen much advancement, including developments in cataract surgery and increased precision in surgeries.

Undergraduates do not gain much exposure to the subject of ophthalmology. Hence, it is important for them to specialise in the subject. Ophthalmology is taught as a postgraduate-level course to train students to become specialists in medical treatment, complex microsurgery and other aspects of eye care. Those who wish to make a career in this field can opt for an MS, a Diplomate of National Board (DNB), or a diploma in ophthalmic medicine and surgery (DOMS). The All India Institute of Medical Sciences offers an MD in ophthalmology as well.

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