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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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