Optometrists are licensed physicians who specialize in eye health and care. They examine, diagnose and treat patients with eye problems or disorders. They conduct tests to identify and evaluate any defects or diseases that afflict their patients' eyes. They also prescribe eye glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy and low vision aids. Optometrists work directly with their patients and work to provide the best treatment possible. As such, optometrists must be able to work in a professional manner with a variety of patients ranging from young children to the elderly.
Optometrists work indoors at a hospital, or more often, in a private clinic. They work and interact with nurses, technician staff and other assistants in order to provide the most efficient and best care for every patient. Their work hours are among the most routine for any physician: They typically range from mid morning until the late afternoon. Optometrists undergo extensive education and training: They are high school and college graduates who go on to receive medical certification from a medical school.
- Conduct tests to identify and evaluate eye defects and disease.
- Prescribe eye glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy and low vision aids for the correction of visual disorders.
- Examine, diagnose and treat patients.