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Optometrist Job Description

An optometrist is a person who provides eye and vision care by performing eye examination to diagnose vision problems, and prescribing and supplying corrective lenses to correct the problems. Optometrists perform eye examination with specialist equipment to determine ocular health, visual acuity, depth and color perception, and the ability to coordinate and focus the eyes.

An optometrist should be patient, careful, methodical and helpful, and have the ability to put nervous and distressed patients at ease. They should have scientific aptitude and practical skills to understand and apply scientific principles and methods in examining the eye and operating complex equipment. Optometrists who work in private practices should have business and accounting skills.

Pursue a career in optometry if you are good at biology, chemistry, physics and math, and interested in the workings of the human eye and vision system.

What does an Optometrist do?

Optometrists may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Optometrists usually work normal office hours, but may sometimes work evenings and weekends. They work in offices, clinics and hospitals. Many optometrists work in private practices.

What is Required to Become an Optometrist?

To become an optometrist, you need to have a degree in optometry. Optometrists need licensing to practice in most parts of the world.

An optometrist is not a medical doctor, but just a healthcare professional. The medical doctor who specializes in eye and vision care is called an ophthalmologist.


Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Optometrists need to have:


Alternative Careers

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