What is an Optometrist?
Optometrists look into a patient’s eyes, conduct tests on their vision, share advice on eye problems and after that, prescribe or in some cases, also fit contact lenses when necessary. They are especially trained to identify eye diseases and recognise as well general health conditions. They also direct patients to other medical practitioners when needed.
How does one become an Optometrist?
One should complete four years of college then proceed to taking another four years of professional education in a school specializing in optometry. Here, a student receives education focused on the eyes. After which, the graduate becomes eligible for licensure by a state. Some optometrists decide to take further studies in a subspecialty. Depending on the state where they practice optometry, optometrists may be licensed to treat eye diseases. However, they are not trained to perform surgeries.
What is the work environment for an Optometrist?
Optometrists may work in hospitals or partner with other healthcare specialists. They can as well work in high street practices, some of which may be part of a regional chain or operating independently. Some, meanwhile, take part in academic research.
What are usual work activities of an Optometrist?
Optometrists talk to patients to learn about the latter’s case histories. They also examine the eyes to identify or look for possible signs of disease or injury. Other than that, they offer advice about vision-related concerns and even about choosing lenses or frames.
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