Optometrists test vision, identify eye health problems, prescribe glasses and fit contact lenses.

Day-to-day tasks

As an optometrist you could:

  • use precision instruments and vision measuring and testing tools
  • diagnose and give advice
  • prescribe, fit and supply glasses or contact lenses
  • discuss the suitability and shape of glasses frames
  • refer clients to specialists or ophthalmologists (eye surgeons)

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and health conditions that can affect sight
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of biology
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Industry Qualifications

To become an optometrist you'll need to get a degree in optometry, approved by the General Optical Council (GOC).

Then complete a pre-registration work placement which takes 1 year and you'll be supervised by a registered optometrist

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