Optometrists perform eye examinations to determine the presence of vision problems and other eye conditions and diseases. They treat or manage these problems by prescribing glasses, contact lenses, optical aids, therapy or medication.
Duties & Tasks
Optometrists may perform the following tasks:
- work out the nature and extent of vision problems and abnormalities by examining patients' eyes using specialised instruments, techniques and tests
- correct vision defects by prescribing and dispensing glasses or contact lenses, special optical aids or vision therapy
- examine patients for signs of eye and systemic conditions, including glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure and multiple sclerosis, and work with medical practitioners to co-manage patients when required
- manage some eye conditions by prescribing therapeutic drugs
- monitor patients' vision and ocular health with the use of digital photography and computerised vision tests
- conduct eye screenings for the purposes of determining occupational fitness or fitness to drive
- undertake managerial, retail and administrative tasks.
Most optometrists are in daily contact with members of the public on a one-on-one basis.
- patient and caring manner
- able to carry out accurate and precise work
- good communication skills
- enjoy helping people.