A Career as an Eye Doctor 

Thinking of a Career in Ophthalmology?

Online Applications for
  • Basic Training in Medical Ophthalmology
  • Basic Training in Surgical Ophthalmology
commencing July 2024 will open via our website on Wednesday 25 October 2023. Closing Date: Friday, 2 February 2024. 


Specialist Training Programmes in Ophthalmology

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Specialist Training in Ophthalmology

The Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO) is the accredited postgraduate training body responsible for the delivery of Specialist Training in Ophthalmology. The ICO is recognised for this purpose by the Irish Medical Council (IMC) and the Health Service Executive (HSE). 

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and disease of the eye and visual system. Ophthalmologists diagnose, medically treat and perform surgery to preserve vision and prevent sight loss in patients. The Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO) is responsible for the delivery of Specialist Training in Ophthalmology and offers two training pathways:

Entry to the Basic Training Programmes in Medical Ophthalmology and Surgical Ophthalmology is by annual competitive interview run by the Irish College of Ophthalmologists. An applicant’s undergraduate performance together with their personal and professional attributes, such as, ability to work as a team, communication skills and personal motivation, are all relevant.

Further details on how to apply can be found on the Basic Medical Training section of our website and on the Basic Surgical Training section.

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