MS in Ophthalmology: Click here to know about the course, duration, syllabus, eligibility criteria, entrance exam, top universities, career opportunities and more

Career Goals: After their MS Ophthalmology degree, individuals can work as Consultants, Ophthalmic Specialists, Medical consultants, Ophthalmology surgeons, ophthalmologists etc.

By- Akanksha Yadav

About the course:

MS (Master of Surgery) in Ophthalmology is a 2-year-long postgraduate medical program which is focused on solving problems related to the eyes. During MS ophthalmology, students learn about various concepts and processes related to eye diseases like glaucoma, iritic, eye trauma, orbital cellulite, tumours etc.  MS Ophthalmology course is certified by the Medical Council of India (MCI). This course is perfect for students who want to remit their services in solving all kinds of eye problems in the human body.

During the program, students learn about how to perform necessary eye surgeries or how to prescribe contact lenses or glasses. They also learn about the basics of ophthalmology and advanced topics such as Uvea, vitreoretinal diseases, and the optical nervous system. Students who want to work as eye specialists should pursue this course.

Through this course, students learn to diagnose and treat all the eye-related diseases and visual complications that are caused by other conditions such as diabetes etc.

Currently, in India, there are various private/government colleges/institutes where MS Ophthalmology course is available. The fees in private colleges are usually higher than the government ones. The tuition fees for MS Ophthalmology can go from INR 5,000 to INR 10, 00,000 per annum.

The duration of MS Ophthalmology:

MS Ophthalmology course is a 2-year postgraduate course. During this course, students study various eye diseases, their diagnoses, treatments etc.

The eligibility criteria for MS Ophthalmology:

Students wanting to pursue an MS Ophthalmology course can check the course's eligibility criteria below.

  • The student should have an MBBS degree from an institute/college recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a minimum of 50% marks.
  • Candidate should have completed his/her 1-year mandatory internship after completing his/her graduation.
  • The candidate should have qualified for NEET-PG or the required entrance examination.
  • Admission is usually based on merit in the entrance exam. It is given based on a merit list which is based on marks obtained in the entrance exam and counselling process.

Some colleges also offer direct admissions based on the candidate’s marks in his/her MBBS degree and his/her work experience.

Famous entrance examinations for MS Ophthalmology:

Medical colleges take students through various entrance examinations. Some of the top entrance examinations are

  • NEET PG- The complete form of this exam is the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Postgraduate). It is conducted by the National Board of Examinations.
  • AIIMS INI CET- The full form of this examination is the Institute of National Importance Combined Entrance Test. This exam is conducted by AIIMS, New Delhi. Through this examination, students get admissions in various PG courses like Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Surgery (MS), Master of Dental Surgery (MDS), Doctorate of Medicine (DM)

Subjects in MS Ophthalmology:

During MS Ophthalmology, students study various subjects related to Ophthalmology. The list of ophthalmology subjects is given below.

  • Basic science in ophthalmology
  • Trauma and emergency ophthalmology
  • Disorders of the lids, lacrimal drainage apparatus, orbit and oculoplastic
  • External eye disease, sclera, the cornea
  • Optics and refraction, contact lenses and low visual aids
  • Lens and glaucoma
  • Uvea and vitreoretinal diseases
  • Disorders of the optic nerve, visual pathway neuro-ophthalmology
  • Ocular motility, strabismus, pediatric ophthalmology
  • Community ophthalmology

Career opportunities after MS Ophthalmology:

After finishing the post-graduation degree in Ophthalmology, individuals can start their own clinic and practice privately or join any hospital. They can expect a salary of INR 7, 00,000 to INR 30,00,000 per annum.

After their MS Ophthalmology degree, individuals can work as

  • Consultant
  • Ophthalmic Specialist
  • Medical officer
  • Professor/lecturer
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Medical consultant
  • Ophthalmology surgeon
  • ophthalmologist

After MS Ophthalmology, graduates can also go for super speciality or fellowship programs in various fields such as the cornea, retina, glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology etc.

Top recruiting sectors:

  • Defence services
  • Hospital eye casualty departments
  • Laser eye surgery clinics
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Research and medical colleges/universities


Some of the top MS Ophthalmology graduates’ recruiting organizations are

  • Apollo Hospitals
  • Fortis Medical Research Institute
  • AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences)
  • Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai
  • Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore
  • Sri Ganesh Vinayak Eye Hospital, Dehradun
  • V. Prasad eye institute, Hyderabad




Top institutes/colleges offering MS Ophthalmology:

MS Ophthalmology course is offered in various colleges in India. The top institutes/colleges are

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh
  • Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry
  • Armed forces medical college, Pune
  • Sardar Patel University, Gujrat
  • SRM Institute of Science and Technologies, Kanchipuram
  • NIMS University, Jaipur
  • Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), New Delhi
  • Grant Medical College (GMC), Mumbai
  • King’s George Medical College, Lucknow

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