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Ophthalmology deals with the structure, function, diagnosis, and treatment of the eye and the visual system. This includes problems affecting the eye and its component structures, the eyelids, the orbit, and the visual pathways. Ophthalmologists are medically trained to provide patients with total eye care using medical, surgical, and rehabilitative services. In so doing, an ophthalmologist prescribes vision services, including glasses and contact lenses. – The American Board of Medical Specialties

Match Information

Ophthalmology Match Timeline (2020-2021)

  • July 1st - Application Opens
  • September 15th - Target Application Submission Date
  • January 25th - Rank List Due
  • February 1st - Match Results 

Ophthalmology Residency Match Summary Report 2020

For information on Ophthalmology Match, visit the San Francisco Match page ("Statistics" includes helpful data including percentage match rates, average board scores and more).

Residency Training

Duration of training: 3 years

Number of programs nationally: 116

Fellowship opportunities:


  • Oculoplastics
  • Cornea
  • Glaucoma
  • Anterior Segment
  • Uveitis
  • Retina
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Ocular Oncology
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Ocular Pathology


Medical Student Interest Group

Ophthalmology Student Interest Group

Online Resources

Moran CORE - Clinical Ophthalmology Resource for Education

Ophtho Book, Dr. Timothy Root's Introduction to Ophthalmology Fundamentals

Eye Rounds

Other Resources

Basic Ophthalmology, 9th Edition (available at the Moran Library)

Practical Ophthalmology: A Manual for Beginning Residents, 6th Edition (available at the Moran Library)

U of U Student Match Information