Optometrists are trained to examine the eyes. During assessment, they will look for signs of injury, defects, diseases, abnormalities or problems with general health, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Nature of the job

This line of work will require you to interact with your patients, so a friendly attitude is essential. Speak well and explain clearly on eyecare instructions. You may work in retail stores or outpatient clinics. You will be expected to work full time with low on-call commitment. If you are in retail, you may spend a significant amount of time on business administrative work, such as doing stock count, ordering supplies, general marketing, amongst many others. There is also an academic side of this career, where you may work as post-secondary teacher or conduct research in colleges or polytechnics. It is a generally low-stress job., where work-life balance is very achievable.

Job Description
  • Perform vision tests
  • Diagnose sight problems, like nearsightedness, farsightedness and other eye diseases
  • Prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as required
  • Counsel patients on eye health, such as explain how to clean and wear contact lenses

Career Progress: Optometrist > Set up own practice

Related Majors Optometry