- Assess and examine patients in order to make a diagnosis
- Manage ophthalmic conditions, taking into account both the medical and psychological aspects of patient care
- Manage busy general outpatient clinics, emergency eye clinics and specialist clinics
- Do occasional ward rounds (most ophthalmic patients have day surgery and don't stay in hospital overnight)
- Work as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes optometrists, orthoptists and nurses, as well as with specialists such as neurologists, ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeons and pediatricians
- Operate equipment such as ophthalmoscopes, slit lamps and lenses
- Carry out eye surgery using, for example, an operating microscope, small incision (keyhole) surgery and laser surgery
- Provide advice and reassurance to patients and family members
- Educate patients to help them understand their medical condition
- Handle legal documentation for the certification of patients as blind or partially sighted
- Support health promotion and disease prevention activities.
- Perform surgical procedures, such as keyhole surgery and laser surgery,
- Manage emergency eye clinics, outpatient clinics or other specialist eye clinics
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