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Ophthalmologists are Healthy, Wealthy and Wise


Medscape’s recently-published annual Physician Lifestyle Report comprises twenty-two slides that detail US physicians’ health, social life, financial situation, religious beliefs and political views. Five intra-specialty charts reported on the body mass indices, length of vacation, feelings of happiness at home and at work, self-ratings of health, and savings among twenty-six medical specialties.

Ophthalmologists came out of the survey rather well, being:

  • The second least likely to be overweight
  • Second most likely to rate their health as Good or Excellent (only dermatologists were thinner or considered themselves healthier)
  • In the top quarter of those most likely to take over four weeks of vacation, coming in seventh
  • The second highest amount of savings across all specialties (only orthopods saved more)

More than 60 percent of ophthalmologists eat out at least once a week, half take vitamin supplements and over a quarter use complementary or alternative therapies.

Almost eight out of ten ophthalmologists surveyed claim to drink no alcohol or consume less than one alcoholic drink a week, and three quarters said they “were religious and/ or spiritual.”

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  1. Medscape Ophthalmologist Lifestyle Report 2014,, accessed February 3rd, 2014.
About the Author
Mark Hillen

I spent seven years as a medical writer, writing primary and review manuscripts, congress presentations and marketing materials for numerous – and mostly German – pharmaceutical companies. Prior to my adventures in medical communications, I was a Wellcome Trust PhD student at the University of Edinburgh.

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