In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Examining patients’ eyes and related parts of the visual system.
- Diagnosing and treating vision problems, as well as diseases and injuries of the eyes.
- Evaluating whether patients’ eye and vision trouble may be a symptom of a larger health problem such as diabetes or hypertension.
- Prescribing eyeglasses or contact lenses, and sometimes medication.
- Performing minor surgeries on the eyes.
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Typically requires a doctorate.
Certification is not required, but could make employers more likely to hire you or offer you a higher salary.
Optometry board certifications require that you have already obtained licensure and have either completed a one-year residency training program or have at least three years of active clinical practice. Voluntary post-licensure board certification from the American Board of Optometry is a way to show that you have a high level of expertise in your field.
Licensure is required to work as an Optometrist. Some states also require that candidates pass a clinical exam or an exam on the law related to the practice of optometry.