Optometrists Job description and Salary Outlook

Optometrist is part of medical jobs which can be usually found in the vision care system. An optometrist can open their own practices; therefore it is important for them to have good business, accounting and managerial skills. Besides, to have a successful career as an optometrist, you should be able to multitask, delegate and communicate effectively. If you are interested to become an optometrist, you can read more detail job description about it.

Job Duties

  • Examine eyes with or without instruments to determine visual acuity and perception, focus and coordination and to identify diseases and other abnormalities such as glaucoma or color blindness.
  • Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses and other vision aids.
  • Educate and counsel patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements and safety factors.
  • Consult with and refer patients to ophthalmologist or other health care practitioner if additional medical treatment is determined necessary.
  • Conduct eye surgeries, such as cataract and laser vision correction, with pre- and post-operative care.
  • Analyze test results and develop a treatment plan.

Educational Requirements

To be an optometrist, you should take a 4 year bachelor’s program in a relevant or related field like biology, chemistry, or physiology. Upon completion, you have to meet national and your state’s licensing requirements in order to become a practicing optometrist. So, you better prepare for this requirement.

Salary Outlook

There are different factors that determine how much an optometrist can earn. The salary difference due to your region, experience, and the option to for private practice as according to American Optometric Association, optometrists who have opened their own clinic will earn better income than those who work in a hospital or clinic.

In Australia, the average salary for an optometrist is AU$82,682 per year. On the other hand, the annual income of an optometrist in America is range within $120,000 up to $175,000.

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