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Specialist Ophthalmologist

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

Required Qualifications

To become an opthalmologist in South Africa, you will need the following qualifications:

  1. Certificate (National Senior Certificate or NC(v) with Bachelor’s Degree Pass)
  2. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Medicine)
  3. Post-graduate Degree (Masters in Medicine in Ophthalmology)

Duration of Study:

Specialist ophthalmologists in South Africa typically study and train for 10 years or more.

  1. Theoretical training: 6 years
  2. Student internship: 1 year
  3. Community Service: 1 year
  4. Post Grad studies: 4 years (after completing the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree to obtain an Masters in Medicine in Ophthalmology)

Employment Opportunities

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

Specialist ophthalmologists in South Africa often work in the following places:

  • State hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practice

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