Why does it take so long to see an eye-doctor?

It usually takes 90 days for an appointment.  Depending on the type of emergency you will of course be given a short notice appointment.  At my office it usually takes about 30 to 45 days.  Depending on the type of emergency, you will be given a same day appointment


The number of newly qualified ophthalmologists has been divided by four since 1990, too few to make up for the number of retirees leaving their practices.  48.6% of practicing eye physicians are over 55.


In 2016, French Medical schools offered only 149 openings in ophthalmology.  Between thirty and fifty eye specialists trained abroad are licensed by the French Medical Board each year.  Young ophthalmologists would rather work in hospitals or group practices.

On average, an eye doctor works fifty hours a week, 30% more than in 2000.

Sources :

Prise en charge des soins ophtalmologiques, Académie de Médecine.  Professeurs Arné, Dufier et al. (2013)

Les besoins en ophtalmologistes d’ici 2030.  Académie Française d’ophtalmologie. 2011 


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