Pediatric Eye Doctor Salary and Job Description

By Patmos Zen •  Updated: 07/19/16 •  2 min read

Pediatric Eye Doctor Salary in the United States is between $72,000 – $125,000, according to data from U.S. Department of Labor. The pediatric eye doctor works with children and can also be called a pediatric optometrist.

The job outlook for the pediatric eye doctor is quite attractive, this is because it is a specialized field. Most pediatric eye doctor are trained as pediatrician with specialization in optometry or optometry with specialization in pediatric care.

Job opening a constantly available in the field, the pediatric eye doctor salary is not the only earning received. They also get benefits and perks.

Some of the benefits and perks received by the pediatric eye doctor include:

• On Health (choice of two PPO options), life, vision, dental and disability insurance.
• Enjoy 401(k).
• Annual CME allowance.
• Potential for relocation assistance.
• Employee stock purchase plan.
• Stability in an organization with more than 35 years of healthcare industry experience.
• Opportunities to participate alongside physicians in quality improvement initiatives.
• Professional liability insurance and assistance with mandatory hospital credentialing, state licensing, and reimbursement of associated fees.

Pediatric Eye Doctor Job Description

The pediatric eye doctor does the following task:

Checks the eye for signs of damage, such as squinting, redness, or swelling.

Testing pupil functioning with a penlight.

Common diseases treated and checked include nearsightedness, farsightedness, cataracts, astigmatism, and amblyopia or “lazy eye.”

They conduct same functions optometrist or eye doctor does, the major difference is the patient.

Pediatric Eye Doctor Training and Education

Pediatric Eye doctors are trained physicians who treat children with eye conditions and issues. To became a pediatric doctor, you would have earned a 4 year undergraduate degree in a science course. Then sit and pass the MCAT exam that admits into a medical school. The medical school program is a 4 years program.

Upon completion, you would enroll into a residency program for about 4 -6 years, then sit for the board fellowship program. There are two paths to becoming a pediatric eye doctor, you can go through the optometry or pediatric part. The profession is a specialty course.

You may have to study another 2 years to become a pediatric eye doctor, a state license may be required to practice in a state.