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Ophthalmic Nurse

An Ophthalmic Nurse cares for patients with eye injuries or diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
Education requirements
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
You’ll work directly with an Ophthalmologist, treating patients of all ages who are affected by eye issues.
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What you’ll do


You’ll assist the surgical team during eye surgery.


You’ll collect medical histories, record visual activity and ocular functions, and other information related to patient visits.


You’ll show patients how to care for their eye injuries or diseases at home.


You’ll assess patients before and after eye surgery.

Where you'll work
  • Clinics
  • Doctors' office
  • Eye care centers
  • Hospitals
  • Ophthalmologist offices
  • Outpatient care centers
How to become an Ophthalmic Nurse


Get an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Take elective courses in anatomy, physiology, and diseases of the eye.


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse

Gain 4,000 hours’ or two years’ experience in Ophthalmology.


Get your Certification for Registered Nurses of Ophthalmology through the National Certification Board for Ophthalmic Registered Nurses.


You’re ready to work as an Ophthalmic Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of an Ophthalmic Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
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