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Additional information

body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss & Team


Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


Either Alone or In a Busy Environment

Specialist Ophthalmologist

Ophthalmologists are specialist eye surgeons who diagnose and treat diseases relating to the eyes.  

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

  1. NSC or NC(v) with Bachelor’s Degree Pass
  2. Degree: Bachelor of Medicine:
    1. Theoretical training: 6 years.
    2. Student internship: 1 year.
    3. Community Service: 1 year
  3. * Post-graduate study: 4 years specialisation: MMed (Ophthalmology)

Educational Institutions offering this qualification

University of Pretoria:

Wits University:

University of Stellenbosch:

University of KwaZulu-Natal:

Sefako Makgatho Health Services University:

University of the Free State:

University of Limpopo:

Duration of study

4 Years Post Grad studies after completing the MBChB degree to obtain an MMed (Ophthalmology) degree.


In order to work in this field, you will have to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Ophthalmologists have many opportunities for employment including:

  • State hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practice

Further Information:

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HSPCA)

Dermatology Society of South Africa

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