Employment for physicians is projected to grow faster than the average for all careers through 2022, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. However, the demand for specialty care may provide more job opportunities for ophthalmologists and other specialists. The increasing number of elderly people will drive demand for vision care. Also, new technology (such as a wider use of lasers to correct vision problems) will allow doctors to treat and detect vision disease and impairments that were previously treatable by invasive surgery or eyewear.

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