An aging population will still need to keep their most useful sense: eyesight, in the best condition possible. With a solid theoretical understanding of optics, and a broad (albeit shallow) knowledge of anatomy, this career could be most rewarding for me.
I became interested in ophthalmology while considering further voluntary work at the end of my english teaching contract in Thailand. I'd heard of http://www.ywam.org/
(Youth with a Mission) through my church and saw the project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHlI6xw2OPk
which delivers medicals supplies to Papua New Guinea. Realizing that about 80% of new information is taken in visually according to my recent studies in education, this is when I decided ophthalmology was worth researching into further.
So, despite holding only a dipHE in physics with astrophysics, could I learn enough about ophthalmology on this 5-month voluntary placement to warrant a place in specialty training? I suspect not... I could complete my physics degree, but I think the course content would qualify me better to build and service ophthalmological instruments rather than use them in practice. The proposed voluntary placement with YWAM would end in the 2nd week of September 2012, just in time to
undertake a more relevant degree during which I could learn more about ophthalmology in practice, for example nursing, but I'd appreciate any suggestions.
Thanks for reading, and if you are ophthalmic nurse, please share some of your best / worst experiences and what attracted you to this field?