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Optometrist

A satisfying career caring for people’s vision.

What's it like to be an Optometrist?

An Optometrist is a health care professional who provides primary eyecare through comprehensive eye examinations to detect and treat various visual abnormalities and eye diseases. They have an intimate knowledge of the workings of the eye and visual systems. Optometrists use a variety of complex techniques and instruments to understand their patients’ needs.

Optometrist

Tasks and duties

  • Conducting eye examinations by taking a detailed case history to determine what visual problems the patient may be experiencing, as well as other relevant information about their health and visual needs.
  • Performing tests in order to detect and diagnose eye disease, such as glaucoma.
  • Advising patients on their best treatment options. This may include prescribing suitable spectacles, contact lenses or eye exercises, prescribing medications to treat infections or other eye diseases, or giving advice on lighting, visual habits or other issues.

What can I earn as an Optometrist?

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How to become an Optometrist


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You can study an optometry degree straight out of high school or as a graduate student. Both paths require you to complete high school with an appropriate ATAR score. From high school, you may need to register for and sit the Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT). As a graduate student, you may need to register for and sit the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT).

  1. Complete an undergraduate optometry degree, or alternatively, a degree in vision science or a related area followed by a postgraduate qualification in optometry. You could also complete the double degree Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry.
  2. It’s important you check the entry requirements to properly understand the different course requirements. There are some variations, but generally the high school pathway takes 3.5 to 5 years to complete, while the graduate pathway takes 7 years.
  3. Register with the Optometry Board of Australia. There is national legislation controlling the practice of optometry in Australia; only registered optometrists can practise optometry.

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Is Optometrist the right role for me?


How do Optometrists rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 14 Optometrists surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
4.3
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
3.3
Job security
4.4
Pay / Salary
4.1
Variety of work
3.6

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Latest Optometrist reviews

Latest reviews from 12 Optometrists surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Optometry is as satisfying as you make it, but you need to find the right work environment for you and put in the effort.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Optometry/Bachelor of Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Primary Eye Care
The good things
This is a career that offers much flexibility in hours and days. Don't do it for the money. The best thing about it is the satisfaction you get from helping patients, looking after them long-term, var...
The challenges
You won't make millions unless you get very creative with business and expand. However, you can make a decent income. There are many retail pressures, and many of my colleagues are burnt out from work...
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May 2021
Good but not great
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Optometry
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Laser vision surgery
The good things
Great salary and very easy job. Work life balance is good especially for women with children
The challenges
Very little career progression and not much variety
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