Can you be a surgeon with poor eyesight?

Do surgeons need to have good eyesight?

The visual requirements for a surgeon differ from those of a driver, the surgeon requiring good acuity for fine detail at close range, good depth perception as well as good colour vision. The driver needs good peripheral vision and adequate visual acuity at longer distances.

What does your vision have to be to be a surgeon?

You must have at least 20/40 vision, which can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses if needed. LASIK or other refractive surgeries are okay as long as your eyes have fully healed before taking the CDL test. You must have 70 degrees of peripheral vision on each side.

Do doctors wear glasses during surgery?

Background: Despite documented cases of infectious disease transmission to medical staff via conjunctival contamination and widespread recommendation of protective eyewear use during surgical procedures, a large number of surgeons rely on their prescription spectacles as sole eye protection.

Do you need 20/20 vision to be a surgeon?

You do not need 20/20 to be a surgeon. As long as your vision can be corrected (more on this later) to give you 20/20, it doesn’t matter. All 20/20 refers to is “normal visual acuity”.

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Can you be a surgeon with one eye?

Yes. You *might* have trouble with microscope assisted surgery but given how much it sucks no one should do micro anyway.

Can you be a surgeon with shaky hands?

Most surgeons don’t need super steady hands. … Surgeons specializing in finer work, especially those in cardiovascular or thoracic surgery, are more in need of steadiness. So the good news is most people have the hand dexterity it takes to cut it in general surgery. As long as they don’t experience tremors!

Can surgeons have contact lenses?

plenty of surgeons like myself wear contacts the majority of the time. If they start bothering you to the point that you can’t make it until the end of the case (which is pretty rare), you can always scrub out, deal with the problem, and scrub back in. If you primarily wear glasses, that’s fine.

Can surgeons wear nail polish?

Although there are many anecdotal reports of surgeons wearing nail polish, it’s generally not allowed. Surgery is classified under “direct patient care”, meaning hygiene rules strongly pertain to it. Having long nails (long enough for polish) is probably a bad idea in surgery anyway.

Why do surgeons wear dark glasses?

The sunglasses help make sure that doesn’t happen while you are outside immediately after surgery. It’s the same reason that most surgeons ask you to wear a protective plastic shield over the eye at night while you are sleeping for the first week so that you don’t inadvertently rub the eye or smash it into your pillow.

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