Undergraduate training

The discipline of Ophthalmology is part of the University of Eastern Finland´s Institute of Clinical Medicine. The discipline proides future physicians with basic education in ophthalmology (6 ECTS credits) in periods of four weeks during the fourth or fifth year of studies. Teaching takes place in cooperation with Kuopio University Hospital´s Ophthalmology Clinic. Students may also complete an elective course in ophthalmology (1.5 ECTS credits) and pursue advanced studies in ophthalmology (20–30 ECTS credits). The discipline offers students the opportunity to take an international course in ophthalmology (6 ECTS credits). It is also responsible for medical specialist training in ophthalmology and postgraduate degrees in ophthalmology.

More detailed information on discipline-specific medical specialist training can be found at the pages of School of Medicine.


The focus area of research consists of ocular ageing and chronic eye diseases causing visual impairment (age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy).

The staff includes a professor, three clinical lecturers and a teaching coordinator.

Research at the university: http://www.uef.fi/eye:

Age-related macular degeneration