Pursuing a career in opthamology can be an excellent choice since it pays well to become an eye specialist. Job outlook for opthamologists is excellent, particularly in the backdrop of a sharp increase in the number of people complaining eye problems, even from a very young age. The average salary for an opthamologist during 2011 is $225,000. Opthamologists who have their own settings may earn more than those who are employed in private and government clinics. An opthamologist is a physician who treats any type of eye problem and prescribes eyeglasses and contact lenses, besides recommending laser treatment. They also treat diseases such as glaucoma and cataract.