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ID Job Title Gender Age Earnings City & State Date
33837 Optometrist Female 31 $80,000 fredericksburg, VA 01/01/2010
33838 Optometrist Female 41 $105,000 Austin, MN 01/01/2010
32963 Optometrist Female 28 $100,000 ashton, MD 01/01/2010

Overview

Optometrists are medical specialists of the eye. An optometrist is responsible for diagnosing and treating eye diseases, eye disorders, and vision problems. They are also able to prescribe corrective eyewear, such as glasses and contact lenses.

A person must obtain a Doctor of Optometry degree, or O.D., to become an optometrist. To qualify for O.D. programs, it is best for students to have a bachelor?s degree in pre-med coursework. Students also need to take the Optometry Admission Test, or OAT, to apply for O.D. programs. In addition, each state also requires a special license in order to be able to practice optometry in that state.

Optometrists usually work at offices solely dedicated to optometry. However, some retail stores and hospitals may have optometry offices that require practicing optometrists. Anyone who is skilled at science or anatomy may be a good fit for optometry. Additionally, those who find themselves interested in how the eye functions and have a desire to help others may be great candidates for optometry.

We feature real-world career profiles that provide insight into the daily duties of actual optometrists. Check out the profiles below to learn more about what real optometrists are doing today.


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