Eye Care Career
Options
A comparison of Ophthalmology, Optometry, and Opticianry
Branches of the Vision
Industry
• Medical Care
1. Ophthalmology
2. Optometry
3. Technician
4. Assistant
• Retail Sales
1. ...
Ophthalmologist
• Licensed to provide comprehensive medical care
• Can perform surgery
• Must complete 8 years of college
...
Optometrist
• Licensed to provide basic medical care
• Cannot perform surgery
• Must complete 8 years of college
• Residen...
Optician
• Only regulated in approximately 24 states
• Helps customers select and fit eyewear
• Makes frame adjustments
• ...
Technicians and Assistants
• Perform routine client care responsibilities
• Administer pre-exam tests
• Help advanced pers...
Local Regulations
• Nearly universal for ophthalmologists and
optometrists
• Highly variable for opticians
• Check with em...
Earning Potential
• Ophthalmology salary is highest
• Optometry salary can be excellent
• Optician salary depends on many ...
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The vision industry is one of the most diverse branches of the healthcare system. Individuals who are considering a career in eye care should carefully consider their options before selecting a specialty.

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Eye Care Employment Options

  1. 1. Eye Care Career Options A comparison of Ophthalmology, Optometry, and Opticianry
  2. 2. Branches of the Vision Industry • Medical Care 1. Ophthalmology 2. Optometry 3. Technician 4. Assistant • Retail Sales 1. Optician 2. Optical Assistant
  3. 3. Ophthalmologist • Licensed to provide comprehensive medical care • Can perform surgery • Must complete 8 years of college • Required to complete medical residency • Specialized licensing exams • Most challenging branch of eye care
  4. 4. Optometrist • Licensed to provide basic medical care • Cannot perform surgery • Must complete 8 years of college • Residency not required • Specialized licensing exams • Less intense then ophthalmology
  5. 5. Optician • Only regulated in approximately 24 states • Helps customers select and fit eyewear • Makes frame adjustments • Performs lens customizations • Formal or informal education and training depends on state regulations • National licensing exam available
  6. 6. Technicians and Assistants • Perform routine client care responsibilities • Administer pre-exam tests • Help advanced personnel manage clients • May work in either the medical or the retail side • Typically requires little education or experience • Good option if deciding on advanced field
  7. 7. Local Regulations • Nearly universal for ophthalmologists and optometrists • Highly variable for opticians • Check with employer • Verify with state regulators • Become active in industry organizations
  8. 8. Earning Potential • Ophthalmology salary is highest • Optometry salary can be excellent • Optician salary depends on many factors • Assistant and technician salary the lowest
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