Optometry profession is all about treatment and diagnosis of natural camera that is human eye. If you have an interest in eye treatment and vision care of people then consider career as Optometrist. As primary eye care providers, doctors of optometry examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eyes and associated structures as well as diagnose related systemic conditions. They prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, low vision aids, vision therapy and medications to treat eye diseases as well as perform certain surgical procedures.

Role of Optometrists

Optometrists typically do the following:

  • Test vision and  check for sight problems
  • Prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses, and medications
  • Examines and provides preoperative and postoperative care to patients undergoing eye surgery
  • Evaluate patients for the presence of diseases such as diabetes and refer them to other health care providers as needed
  • Counsel patients on eye health

Skills Required to be Optometrists

Academic Qualifications: To become Optometrists, you have completed 4 year bachelor degree program, preferably in a relevant field such as biology, chemistry, or physiology. You will require a bachelor’s degree to apply for optometry programs. Optometry programs typically take an additional four years to complete. All optometrists have to pass rigorous nationally administered exams to earn their license to practice.

Optometrists can pursue M.S, M.Phil, Ph.D or OD (Doctor of Optometry) degree after completion of Bachelors in Optometry.

Visual Abilities: Optometrists require very good visual abilities for visualizing and reading information from papers, films, slides, video and computer displays.

Communication Skills: To communicate effectively, efficiently and sensitively with patients and their families, peers, staff, instructors and other members of the healthcare team.

Decision-making Skill: Optometrists must be able to evaluate the results of a variety of optical tests and decide on the best course of treatment for a patient.

Interpersonal skills: Effective interpersonal relationships with patients, peers and instructors.
Speaking skills: Optometrists must be able to clearly explain eye-care instructions to their patients, as well as answer patients’ questions.

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