Ophthalmologists specialise in eye disease, treatment and surgery. Medically qualified, they mainly work in eye hospitals and hospital eye departments.

You are most likely to encounter an ophthalmologist if you have been referred to one by an optometrist or a general practitioner. Ophthalmologists are registered and regulated by the General Medical Council and their representative body is the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

There are currently around 1,400 ophthalmologists (listed on the specialist register) in the UK.

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