NEW YORK — The ophthalmology job description is a long list of responsibilities and skills that a physician must possess in order to qualify to practice in the profession.
The ophthymologist position at an optometrist practice or clinic is typically the most coveted position in the specialty, and some optometrists are making millions as the demand for their services grows.
But for some of the most important roles in the eye, it’s not a position that comes with a pay scale or the traditional career ladder.
“When we were looking at it, I remember being like, ‘Oh, my God, I don’t know what to expect,'” said Dr. Michael Pfeiffer, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology who teaches eye surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
Pfeiffers work with patients in an outpatient office setting, often during the daytime and at night.
Some of his patients are visually impaired.
“What I like to do is look at their eyes, look at the depth of their eyes.
And what I find is, if I can really see the depth, it doesn’t matter if it’s just a little bit of a difference, it means I’m seeing a difference,” Pfeffers said.
His experience in the clinic has helped him in other ways.
Pffiffers says that, for him, the most challenging part about the ophthalmo-phle-sophagee job description was dealing with the lack of information on the job description.
“I feel like I had a hard time knowing what I was supposed to be doing.
You know, I wasn’t told what to do or what the role was supposed or what was expected.
I mean, I was told to be there.
But I didn’t know if I was doing my job, what my job was supposed for,” Pffiffer said.
Pfiffers said he also found it difficult to keep up with his patients, and that’s what made it difficult for him to work as a physician in general.
Pfluke was one of a handful of people interviewed for this story who had an eye problem, or had a history of it, in the past few years.
“It was hard for me, to be honest with you, because I have so many things going on in my life, and it just wasn’t working.
So, it was really hard,” Pfluke said.
It wasn’t just about the money.
The job description also made it challenging for some patients to accept a diagnosis without consulting a doctor.
“They would have a really hard time accepting it,” Pfiffer explained.
Pfluke was one patient who had difficulty accepting his diagnosis, and he went on to become one of the youngest to die from an eye infection.
His mother, Donna Pflukes, said that’s when she learned of her son’s vision problems.
“We had an argument about that, and I don`t want to say it was an argument, but I think he was angry at me for being upset.
I remember him saying, ‘Mom, you`re supposed to love me, you know, for my eyes,'” Donna Pflukes said.”
So I’m like, OK, Mom, if you love me for my eye, then why are you fighting with me?”
Donna Pfills said.
But the diagnosis wasn’t what kept Donna Pfrekes from accepting her son`s diagnosis.
“He had never seen a doctor before, and his vision was totally fine, so it was a relief,” Donna Pfrumbles said.
Pfluikes eyesight improved, and Donna Pfuels son has since received a transplant.
“And he has been back to school, and going to college, and has been a part of his community, and been involved in his church,” Donna said.