WHAT IS AN OPTOMETRIST?Optometrists are primary care physicians for the eyes.
OK, SO WHAT DO THEY REALLY DO?Perform eye exams to check for vision problems and diseases including checking the glasses prescription and fitting contact lensesPrescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as neededDiagnose and manage eye diseasesCounsel patients regarding surgical and non-surgical options to meet their visual needsProvide both pre-operative and post-operative consultation and careDiagnose systemic conditions that have eye-related symptomsMinor surgeries (such as foreign body in eye)
HOW TO BECOME AN OPTOMETRIST Graduate Testing Undergraduate 4 years with 4 years of Board a major graduate Exams generally in schooling. 1) National an area of First 2 ½ written exam science years are on general classroom sciences based, rest 2) National of schooling practical is externship exam where performing students see an eye exam patients 3) Exam for state licensing
SALARY AND JOB OUTLOOK Expected to grow 33% from 2010 to 2020, creating 11,300 new jobs over the 10- year period. The number of people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, has increased in recent years. These diseases frequently cause vision problems and require treatment from optometrists. Increasing number of insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, provide some vision or eye-care insurance coverage. Top 10%Salary as ofMay 2010 Median Bottom 10% $0 $50,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000
WHERE DO OPTOMETRISTS WORK?RetailOffices, Hospitals, Outpatient Private Practice Group PracticeCtrs
THE ‘EYES’ HAVE IT…Ocular health is closely linked to systemic health. When checking the eyes, optometrists are also looking for signs of other systemic diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease and many others.
DID YOU KNOW…Optometrists wear white jackets to keep the bacteria they encounter during the day off of their clothes, just as other medical personnel wears scrubs.There is no legal reason why an optometrist can’t do an exam on his/herself, but physically he/she may not be able to perform this duty.
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