The Optometrist is responsible for providing comprehensive vision care to patients so they can care for their eyes and access tools to support their eyesight. His/Her duties include conducting eye inspections, identifying signs of disease or injury and prescribing corrective lenses.
- Conducts eye exams using optometric equipment and general diagnostic interpretation.
- Diagnoses diseases and anomalies such as color blindness or glaucoma based on exams
- Diagnoses and treats ocular disease.
- Checks patients for signs of diseases and refers them to other specialists when needed.
- Prescribes, fits, and adjusts eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other vision aids.
- Performs thorough routine eye inspections.
- Recommends appropriate patient follow-up and care options.
- Analyzes tests and diagnosis conditions like glaucoma, pink eye, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.
- Answers questions and provides advice to patients regarding vision and optical issues.
- Provides any necessary low-vision rehabilitation and vision therapy to improve visual issues
- Completion of Doctor of Optometry (OD) Degree
- Appropriate state licensure.
- Proven previous work experience as an Optometrist
- Applied understanding of general principles of optometry and best practices for the diagnosis and treatment of eye-related disorders and conditions
- In-depth knowledge of eye-related disorders and conditions.
Skills needed for this role
The Optometrist must be proficient in reading vision test results and operating the equipment involved in vision tests. When it comes to character traits, attention to detail and strong analytical skills are key. He/She must be customer service oriented with excellent analytical skills.