Thoughout medical school and internship, ophthalmologists are trained to recognize ocular abnormalities, disorders, and diseases and to manage those conditions using available medications and procedures. By and large, most ophthalmologists’ patients are systemically healthy and, despite experiencing potentially blinding conditions, do not typically present life-and-death situations. Some clinicians who have chosen ocular oncology as a subspecialty have to learn (sometimes the hard way) how to navigate the landscape of cancer care, which is highly complex and emotionally and psychologically charged.
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