Ophthalmologists are physicians who specialize in eye and vision care. They are medically and surgically trained to diagnose and treat the full range of disorders affecting the eye and surrounding tissues. The requirements to become an ophthalmologist in the United States are the completion of four years of college, four years of medical school, and four to five years of additional specialized training. This training consists of an intern year in medicine or surgery, three years in ophthalmology residency and sometimes an additional one to two years in sub-specialty fellowship training. These fellowships can range from strabismus/pediatric ophthalmology, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, retina/uveitis, anterior segment/cornea, oculoplastics/orbit, to ocular oncology.

This was Dr. Pillar’s course into becoming an ophthalmologist:

College: Yale University, New Haven, CT

Medical School: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Internship: University of Maryland / Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

Fellowship: Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

What is Board Certification?

The American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) was the world’s first board established to certify medical specialists and offers the only eye care certificate recognized by both the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Medical Association. You can see if your ophthalmologist is board certified by clicking here: https://abop.org/verify-a-physician/ or calling the American Board of Ophthalmology at 610-664-1175. Certification by the ABO is a voluntary last step in a long and intensive educational experience that demonstrates a physician has demonstrated the knowledge, skills and experience integral to the delivery of high standards in patient care. The certification is valid for a 10-year period and can be renewed through a program of career-long learning and improvement.