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Master of Surgery [MS] (Ophthalmology) - Course Overview

  • STREAM

    MEDICAL

  • DURATION

    2 YEARS

  • COURSE

    Ophthalmology

  • COURSE TYPE

    Post Graduation

Updated On - January 10th 2019

Master of Surgery in Ophthalmology Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

Stream: Ophthalmology     
Duration: 2 Years

Course: M.S.

Course Type: Post Graduation

M.S. in Ophthalmology is a postgraduate course in medicine that involves an advanced study of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. An Ophthalmologist is a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems. The curriculum includes components such as Orbital and Ocular Anatomy, Gross anatomy, Histology, Ocular Physiology, Ocular Pathology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology in relation to Ocular Immunology.

Enrolled students are also offered opportunities for ophthalmologic research in clinical surgery settings such as fine microsurgery, using the operating microscope, and intraocular surgery or vitreoretinal surgery of the eye.

Generally, the duration of the course is 2 years. Successful postgraduates of the course are offered an average annual salary ranging between INR 60,000 and 1 lakh monthly.

M.S. in Ophthalmology: Course Objectives

The course essentially aims to equip residents with:

  • a strong scientific understanding of the fundamentals of ophthalmology through a combination of mentoring and didactic education.
  • clinical skills in all subspecialties of ophthalmology.
  • broad surgical experience in the discipline.
  • skills to write literature reviews.
  • critical thinking skills to make informed patient care decisions.
  • a thorough comprehension of ethical, legal, and moral issues required in eye care and medical care.
  • fundamental business and managerial skills for a systems-based practice.

M.S. in Ophthalmology: Course Highlights

Listed here are the main highlights of the course.

Name of the courseM.S. in Ophthalmology
Course LevelPost Graduation
Duration2 years, full-time
StreamOphthalmology
Examination TypeYearly
EligibilityM.B.B.S.
Admission ProcessMBBS recognized by the Medical Council of India, with a minimum aggregate score of 50%
Average Course FeeINR 3K to 5 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 3 to 12 Lacs
Top Recruiting CompaniesFortis Healthcare , MAX Healthcare, Care Hospitals, Indian Council of Medical Research, Apollo Hospitals, Kailash Hospital, Adecco India Private Limited, Jaypee healthcare limited, Meditrina Hospitals Private Limited, etc.

Top Institutes offering M.S. in Ophthalmology

The average tuition fee charged in India for M.S. in Ophthalmology ranges between INR 3,000 (government institutes) and 5 lacs (private institutes).

Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer M.S. in Ophthalmology.

SR.NO.INSTITUTESTATETUITION FEES (PER YEAR) IN INRELIGIBILITY CRITERIAADMISSION PROCEDURE
 1ALL INDIA INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCESNew Delhi1,944Candidate should have obtained a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate in any of the professional MBBS examinations recognized by the Medical Council of India.Admission is based on the candidate’s performance in the relevant entrance test.
2KASTURBA MEDICAL COLLEGEMANGALORE, KARNATAKA15,10,000Candidate should have obtained a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate in any of the professional MBBS examinations recognized by the Medical Council of India.Admission is based on the candidate’s performance in the relevant entrance test.
 3ARMED FORCES MEDICAL COLLEGEPune, Maharashtra64,400Candidate should have obtained a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate in any of the professional MBBS examinations recognized by the Medical Council of India.Admission is based on the candidate’s performance in the relevant entrance test.
 4MAULANA AZAD MEDICAL COLLEGENew Delhi10,000Candidate should have obtained a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate in any of the professional MBBS examinations recognized by the Medical Council of India.Admission is based on the candidate’s performance in the relevant entrance test.

Eligibility for M.S. in Ophthalmology

Listed here are the minimum criteria of eligibility needed to be fulfilled for admission to the course.

  • M.B.B.S. degree from a MCI (Medical Council of India) - recognized university or equivalent with minimum one-year internship completed with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.
  • Some universities and institutes also conduct their own entrance examinations for admitting eligible candidates.

M.S. in Ophthalmology: Admission Process

For admission to the course, eligible applicants need to:

  • have MBBS or equivalent qualification, from a MCI- (Medical Council of India) recognized university or equivalent.
  • have been registered trainees in the relevant surgical training program from a recognized college.
  • qualify an online test followed by a round of counselling
  • have scored a pre- set minimum aggregate score in the last qualifying examination.

M.S. in Ophthalmology: Academic Options

After obtaining the first postgraduate degree, i.e. MS/MS/DNB, such professionals can go for further specialization in medical or surgical fields. Candidates can additionally proceed with research in a specialization related to their Master’s degree, such as Ph.D. in Otolaryngology.

M.S. in Ophthalmology: Career Prospects

Lucrative employment opportunities for such successful professionals abound in sectors such as government and private hospitals, NGOs, clinics, missionary hospitals and charitable hospitals run by railways and defense, research organizations such as ICMR, nursing homes, both in India and abroad.

Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Product Specialist, Senior Resident/Consultant, Clinical Assistant, Medical Consultant/Visiting Medical Consultant, Ophthalmologist, Lecturer/Professor, ENT Specialist, Clinical Data Analyst, Surgeon, Consultant, Demonstrator, etc.

Organizations such as Outpatient Clinics, Research & Medical Colleges/Universities, Operating Theatres, Hospital Eye Casualty Departments, and Laser Eye Surgery Clinics hire such postgraduates.

Some of the popular professional avenues open for postgraduates in the course are mentioned below along with the basic duties and salaries associated with each job profile.

Master of Surgery (M.S.) in Ophthalmology
Job TitleJob DescriptionAverage Annual Salary in INR
Product SpecialistProduct Specialists screen all parts of a product lifecycle, including long term and present advancements and advertising. They are abreast of the latest trends in the marketplace to ensure the product's competitive position. They maintain interface with project managers and clients to determine the product's future direction.2,10,000 – 6,11,804
Clinical AssociatesClinical Associates handle the administrative work at a doctor’s office or health clinic. This may include booking arrangements, coordinating telephone calls, recording reports, and getting patients. Clinical Medical Assistants who have nursing training may take vital signs or write down patient information before someone sees a doctor, but for the most part, people in this career work in an office or at the front desk.2,20,993 - 7,53,273
OphthalmologistOphthalmologists treat illnesses, diseases and conditions that affect the eye. While Ophthalmologists can be thought of generically as 'eye doctors' and perform some of the same duties as optometrists, they differ in that Ophthalmologists perform eye surgery and treat eye diseases. Ophthalmologists also examine eyes and prescribe contact lenses and glasses.2,25,212 - 8,587,262

M.S. in Ophthalmology: Syllabus and Course Structure

A year- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given here.

Year I

Basic Science in Ophthalmology
Trauma and Emergency Ophthalmology
Disorders of the lids, lacrimal drainage apparatus, orbit and oculoplasty
External Eye Disease, Sclera, Cornea
Optics and refraction, contact lenses and low visual aids

Year II

Lens and Glaucoma
Uvea and Vitreo retinal diseases
Disorders of the optic nerve, visual pathway Neuroophthalmology
Ocular motility, strabismus, pediatric ophthalmology
Community Ophthalmology

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