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Ophthalmologist

Overview:  A military airfield environment that includes weapons, explosives, liquid fuels and the demands of flying requires highly skilled eye specialists. Ophthalmologists treat injuries and trauma as well as general eye conditions, and also perform laser refractive surgery. From working in modern hospitals to being part of disaster relief and humanitarian medical teams, the Air Force Reserve offers unique opportunities for these medical specialists to help others.

Position:  Officer

AFSC: 45EX

Specific Tasks:

  • Examine, diagnose and treat diseases and injuries of the eye 
  • Perform local anesthesia and surgical procedures, including laser surgery 
  • Instruct interns and residents in ophthalmology and serve as a consultant 
  • Direct the operation of ophthalmologic services

Requirements: 

  • For entry into this speciality, a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree from an approved school of medicine or osteopathy 
  • For Qualified status, completion of a residency or fellowship in ophthalmology  acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF

Training:

  • For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Commissioned Officer Training (COT).  This 5 week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.