SchoolSchool of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Ophthalmology
DegreeSpecialty (Residency)

Program Description:

Due to dramatic developments in ophthalmology, revising and optimizing ophthalmology curriculum is now an absolute necessity. The first ophthalmology curriculum was written in 1999 which was compiled after several meetings by professionals and experts and was announced to universities for implementation in 2001. Now, after more than 10 years, this curriculum has been revised. After reviewing  previous  edition  and considering recent scientific advances and changes and  having  in  mind the future  development in this field, as well as taking into account the National Scientific Development Plans (strategic document of year 1404 (2025) and the National Fifth Development Plan of the country), the committee offered the current curriculum. 

Obviously, monitoring the correct implementation of the program is absolutely necessary. The curriculum compilation committee welcomes the opinions of the experts and will make use of them for revising the curriculum.

Definition  :

Graduates of ophthalmology specialty program will be engaged in diagnosis, prevention, treatment, care and education of patients, as well as providing services to the society with their knowledge, skills and competence in educational, research and health services.


At the end of the program learners will be competent in the following skills:

  • Comprehensive examination of patients

Refraction and retinoscopy

External examination

Slit lamp examination

Tonometry ( Different types)


Fundus examination (Direct and Indirect ophthalmoscopy)

  • Diagnostic evaluation and work up for specific situations e.g. uveitis
  • Reading and interpretation of different ophthalmology imaging

Corneal topography and tomographies

A-scan , B-scan, UBM

IOL-Master or Lenstar


orbital CT-scan

OCT anterior and posterior

  • Ocular surface procedures 

Pterygium removal / conjunctival flap-graft


Corneal and conjunctival biopsy

  • Oculoplastic and strabismus surgeries

Blepharorrhaphy / Tarsorrhaphy / Correction of entropion / Ectropion / Ptosis

Trichiasis and chalazion removal / punctual occlusion

Evisceration/ Enucleation

Strabismus surgeries

  • Intraocular Surgeries

Phacoemulsification and IOL implantation/ ECCE/ ICCE

Lensectomy / Anterior vitrectomy-AC IOL implantation / Surgical PI/ Pupiloplasty  Corneal laceration repair

  • Refractive surgery Lasik

PRK- Phakic IOL

  • Glaucoma Surgery

Trabeculectomy/ CPC/ LASER PI

  • Vitreous /Retina Surgery SB/ PRP/ IVB


Duration of this educational course is at least 4 years.


Admission Requirements

General Requirement: To apply for this program, you will need to fulfill a number of requirements, which can be found in the Graduate Admission Requirements.

Specific Requiremetns: Degree in General Physicians (M.D) or Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) by one of the Iranian or foreign universities.

The eligible candidate should have successfully completed an approved general physician program and should be proficient in English or Persian.


Admission Deadline

Tehran University of Medical Sciences has a rolling application system and reviews student applications all year round.

However, the deadline for the September intake is June 31.


Education Fees and Yearly Expenses

For complete and comprehensive information about fees and expenses, please refer to the Education Fees and Yearly Expenses section.

Table: The overall structure of the course

Educational ward, unit, or area

Contents- Measures

Duration (month)


Outpatient visit / senior resident consultation and outpatient procedures as needed. Preparing outpatients for surgery.

Throughout the course according to departments schedule 

Ophthalmology ward

Regular visiting inpatients, preparing inpatients for surgery-giving necessary consultations in the ward. Performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures at the bedside. Bedside education 

According to the program organized by the ward during the course


Working on natural models of eye and simulators

During the course- case study- according to the program organized by the ward

Operating room

Participating in surgical procedures by observation, assisting or performing independently-  according to the program organized by the ward

1-2 days per week the course according to the facilities, except for the first-year students 

Optional course

Each student can participate in the required wards in accordance with the organized program under the supervision of the program manager maximum for 1 month and bring a certificate from the wards.

One month

Contact Information:

In case of any inquiries, you can contact the Office of International representative of the Department of Ophthalmology Tehran University of Medical Sciences through the following:

Contact Person: Dr. Ramak Roohipour

Tel.: (+98 21) 5542 1001 - (+98 21) 5542 1007

Email  : eye@tums.ac.ir


Address:  Farabi Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Ophthalmology, Qazvin Square, Tehran, 1336616351 Iran

To contact the Office of International Admissions, please use the following information:

Tel.: (+98 21) 8890 2090-93, Ext.: 169

Email: admission@tums.ac.ir

Address: No. 21, Dameshgh St., Vali-e Asr Ave., Tehran 1416753955, Ira


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