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Hey! Just wanted to ask, after I finish my Optometry course, is it possible to become an eye doctor or an eye surgeon. If so, where can I find more information about this and the requirements needed?
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Hey! Just wanted to ask, after I finish my Optometry course, is it possible to become an eye doctor or an eye surgeon. If so, where can I find more information about this and the requirements needed?
Hi, I noticed you've posted this in the Cardiff University forum, so are you intending to apply to Cardiff for Optometry?

In response to your question, it would obviously possible if you moved from optometry to medicine and take it from there, however I don't think that's what you're looking to do.
A glaucoma surgeon at my local hospital is technically an optometrist (not an eye doctor), however he completed a number of postgraduate courses allowing him to specialise in the field. My best bet is that you would need to do a postgraduate in investigative sciences or biophysics initially, then get a position working as an optometrist in a hospital.
I'm not sure how reliable this is, but the same optometrist told me it was possible to be put forward for surgical training if approved by the consultant ophthalmologist at the hospital - they are required to fill out a huge consent document (or something like that so I'm told). This will probably require a good 10 years at least working for the hospital.

I'm still trying to find more about this myself though, I'll email him soon to see if I can shed any more light on it.

(Hope any of that was useful)
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Hey! Thank you for replying, and yes I have confirmed Cardiff and kept Anglia Ruskin as my second option so will have to see what grades ill get.
Oh right okay that makes sense, it would be difficult for me to transfer from optometry to medicine later on because I have quite a lot of retakes so it was be really hard. But i didn't know it would be possible to do this via an ophthalmologist. It would be be great to have training as a surgeon.
Thank you so much, your reply helped me out a lot!
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Hi, I noticed you've posted this in the Cardiff University forum, so are you intending to apply to Cardiff for Optometry?

In response to your question, it would obviously possible if you moved from optometry to medicine and take it from there, however I don't think that's what you're looking to do.
A glaucoma surgeon at my local hospital is technically an optometrist (not an eye doctor), however he completed a number of postgraduate courses allowing him to specialise in the field. My best bet is that you would need to do a postgraduate in investigative sciences or biophysics initially, then get a position working as an optometrist in a hospital.
I'm not sure how reliable this is, but the same optometrist told me it was possible to be put forward for surgical training if approved by the consultant ophthalmologist at the hospital - they are required to fill out a huge consent document (or something like that so I'm told). This will probably require a good 10 years at least working for the hospital.

I'm still trying to find more about this myself though, I'll email him soon to see if I can shed any more light on it.

(Hope any of that was useful)
Omg this is amazing, I'm also doing optometry next year, but I absolutely adore surgery if there is a possibility of being an eye surgeon without going med school that amazing!! Please keep me updated
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