If you’re like most sighted people, you take your vision for granted. But optometrists don’t. They’re fascinated by the eyes -- both how they work and how they fail.
Prescribing eyeglasses, diagnosing eye conditions and their causes, referring patients to specialists for eye surgery -- it’s all in a day’s work for optometrists. Though their activities vary, their mission is always to help people see as well as possible.
Optometrists examine eyes to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases. They determine a course of treatment or refer patients to ophthalmologists and other specialists.
Some optometrists specialize in the vision problems of the elderly, children, or partially sighted persons. Others may specialize in problems related to working conditions.
A tactful communicator who is able to work precisely with your hands. In addition to being able to relate to patients, you will need good business sense -- especially if, like many optometrists, you run your own practice.
To get into optometry school, you’ll need to take the Optometry Admission Test and demonstrate your academic ability and scientific understanding.