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    Hi, so im in year 11 and i would either like to be a dentist or a laser eye surgeon/optometrist.

    I've been told that you cant be a laser eye surgeon with an optometry degree and what you need to do is to do medicine at Uni, do your F1+2 years and then specialise in opthalmology another 5 years before you can be a laser eye surgeon.

    Is that information correct and if possible could someone tell me the detailed way of becoming a laser eye surgeon (ie. from where i am now, year 11, to becoming a laser eye surgeon).

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Newcastleguy)
    what you need to do is to do medicine at Uni, do your F1+2 years and then specialise in opthalmology another 5 years
    Think you answered your own question!
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    (Original post by Egypt)
    Think you answered your own question!
    Oh well the information i was told seems to correct then. Thanks
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    I want to make sure I have this straight. You sure want to be a doctor? You're sure you want to specialise in opth? You're sure you want to sub-specialise in laser work? Two questions;
    • Front or back?
    • How much knowledge or experience of any of this do you have?
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    Bear in mind that medical training is generalist for the first 7-8 years, during which you might only do 2 weeks of Ophthalmology. Also that Ophth is one of the most competitive specialties - for both these reasons consider whether you would enjoy medicine as it applies to the remainder of the body.
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    I've heard there's an optometry course at Bradford university, I don't know if this includes laser eye surgery but have a look at the website
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    Big difference between teeth and eyes so make sure you decide which first. Also , if your only interest is eyes then you might be better off doing optometry and forgetting the laser eye surgeon thing. That is such a specific thing to narrow down on at this stage. I mean, medicine itself is crazy competitive and requires committment and many years of studying and exams. Many doctors do not get to specialise in their ideal fields and have to settle for something else. this may be due to competitiveness of a certain specialty, unwillingness of the doctor to sit and wait for a particular post to open or just lack of demand for some things in certain areas. So really if you do medicine, you should be happy just being a doctor, no matter what specialty it is. I would say get work experience with a dentist, a doctor and an optometrist and learn more about each career before you make a decision.
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    Why this particular specialty, out of interest? (Like I don't know)
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    (Original post by Democracy)
    Why this particular specialty, out of interest? (Like I don't know)
    Because he likes to pump blind old women?
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    You can't actually get laser training in the UK at the moment. You will need to do medicine + ophthalmology and then a fellowship abroad.
 
 
 
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