An optometrist is a health care specialist who receives training to examine the eyes and find defects, if any, in vision, ocular diseases, infection, abnormality or signs of injury and other related eye problems. He is also the person responsible for prescribing contact lenses, low vision aids, corrective eyeglasses and medications to treat the eye besides performing surgeries if necessary. Optometrists can work privately or in hospitals, schools, colleges, community health centers, etc. They can also build successful careers in government, military and public health service.
How to become an Optometrist:
An optometrist requires a Doctor of Optometry (O.D) degree that requires seven years of studying to complete.
It is helpful if one has a lot of science and biology courses in high school. After that the person can take up some pre-optometry course in college which would take about three years in total. While in his/her second or third year, the person can take the Optometry Admissions Test that will measure one’s scientific and academic aptitude. On passing that, the next step is to get admitted to an optometry school accredited by the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association. After completing the four year course study there, the person will receive his/her O.D degree following which there’s only the matter of seeking licensure before beginning to practice professionally.
Optometrist career courses, training, programs:
The four year optometry program is a vital part of an aspiring optometrist’s plan of action to become one. The course includes both classroom and practical training in optics, ocular anatomy and disease, the science of perception and vision and visual environment in great detail. Students are trained extensively in lens design and construction. Biochemistry, statistics, human anatomy and physiology and other related subjects also make it to the scope of the syllabus because optometry is barely a part of the larger science of health care.
Optometrist career schools/colleges, education:
Even though there are around 20 Optometry schools in the United States and Canada, getting in is tough as competition is high.
Top 4 colleges/universities:
Illinois College of Optometry
Indiana University School of Optometry
Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry
Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Optometrist job opportunities, salaries/pay:
Employment is the least of problems for optometrists as they are sought out in a large number of places, in both public and private sector. Most optometrists are self-employed professionals and their annual salary ranges from $74,975 to $120,78. In densely populated states such as California, the pay scale is more.
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