Optometrists examine patients eyes to detect sight problems, prescribe glasses or contact lenses and, if necessary, refer patients to medical doctors such as opthamologists. As an optometrist you would also advise people on on visual hygiene and safety, and answer questions about such things as the care of contact lenses. Most optometrists work alone in private pratice, operating a complete vision care service. Others may work in optometry clinics, community health centres or as consultants for government and industry.
WHAT YOU NEED:
To be an optometrist, you must have a degree as a Doctor of Optometry. Entry requirements for this program are a high school diploma with an emphasis on sciences and mathematics, and one to three years of science at the university level. Enrollment is limited and admission standards are high. The optometry program takes between four and five years to complete. Before practicing you must be licensed.
$68,000 to $71,000