What does an Optometrist do?
Optometrists can work at independent optometry offices, medical clinics and health stores to provide accessible diagnosis, treatment and referrals for vision-related issues. Their role is to inspect a patient’s eyes and perform a series of tests to identify issues with depth perception and clarity. They can provide basic treatments and vision therapy or refer patients to a medical doctor who specializes in eye care. Optometrists analyze test results to determine what kinds of corrective lenses, visual aids or other treatment measures will help their patient with issues like blurriness or headaches associated with sight issues.
Optometrist skills and qualifications
In order to complete the many duties required in an Optometrist position, an applicant should have many related skills. For an optometrist, you may want them to have skills and qualifications such as:
- Proficiency with modern eye care techniques and equipment
- Strong communication skills, including the ability to explain scientific information to patients
- Ability to perform repetitive tasks while maintaining focus
- Listening skills
- Attention to detail
Optometrist salary expectations
An Optometrist makes an average of $124,473 per year. Exact may vary depending on factors like the applicant’s education, experience level and geographic location. The average amount of time an Optometrist stays in their position is one to three years.
Optometrist education and training requirements
Generally, Optometrists should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and a doctorate in optometry. They also must be licensed through the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and sometimes through the state, depending on where the Optometrist will be practicing. They need to complete continuing education to maintain their Optometrist’s license. Some Optometrists can take an exam with the American Board of Optometry to prove an in-depth understanding of their field and become board certified.
Optometrist experience requirements
The amount of experience required from a good applicant depends on the business or organization. If the position requires more knowledge and understanding of optometry, applicants could need a higher level of experience. You may ask that a qualified applicant will have undergone a residency program for a year before they are considered for the position. You might ask that they have a certain number of years’ experience on the job before applying to your business or organization. If the Optometrist will be in a supervisory position, you may want them to have experience leading a team.
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