What is Optometry?

Optometry involves assessing, diagnosing and treating eye and visual problems.


  • Optometrist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optician
  • Optical Assistant
  • Lab Technician
  • Dispensing Optician

What skills do you need to work as an Optometry?

  • Scientific knowledge and interest in human anatomy
  • Attention to detail
  • Manual dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination
  • Good customer service and people skills
  • Time management and organisational skills
  • Comfortable using technology

Where do Optometry professionals work?

Optometrists usually work in hospitals, health centres, field clinics and private practices.

Typical work activities

  • Examining patients eyes
  • Testing and diagnosing patient vision using specialist technology
  • Updating and monitoring patient records
  • Issuing prescriptions
  • Writing referrals to doctors

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