Optometrist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Optometrist


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Job Description

 

An optometrist provides primary medical and health care for the eye, ranging from certain types of surgery to vision therapy, prescribing medications, carrying out low vision rehabilitation, and writing prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Optometrists diagnose and treat eye injuries, problems, and diseases, and can also pinpoint systemic problems (like diabetes) causing eye disorders that require treatment by other specialists.

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Responsibilities

 

Optometrists provide counseling to patients regarding treatments, whether non-surgical or surgical. When surgery is needed, they handle both pre- and post-operative care. While optometrists carry out some surgical procedures, they usually refer patients to ophthalmologists for surgical treatments. Likewise, while they prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses after testing a patient's vision, the prescription is actually filled by a dispensing optician.

Optometrists often enjoy the benefits of profitable and successful self-employment, and suffer less stress than other medical specialists thanks to their regular hours and the high cure rate of the disorders they treat.

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Skills

 

Critical Thinking

Must think of alternative solutions to complex problems as they arise.

Understand Complex Medical Data

Must be able to know how to manipulate complex medical data and know how to decipher it.

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to solve complex problems by reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options.

Analysis

Must be able to analyze different situations to determine outcomes or solve issues. 

Detail-Oriented

Pay attention to detail so as to determine any problems and fix them or to discover things many others wouldn't notice

Communication

Be able to work and communicate with people on your team to solve problems and create positive outcomes.

Math & Science

Must be able to use math to solve complex problems. Must have a strong scientific background to know natural processes and how they can be manipulated.

Systems Analysis and Evaluation

Must know how a system should work and how changes in it's operations and conditions can affect outcomes. Must be able to evaluate the issues and fix their problems

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Working Conditions

 

Most optometrists have their own offices, where they work independently, generally on a 40 hour weekly schedule.

Since these offices are set up as a comfortable environment for patients and workers, an optometrist works in clean, well-lit, attractively furnished surroundings.

Accommodating clients' schedules is important, so many optometrists offer evening and Saturday hours.

With new therapeutic medicine laws permitting optometrists to prescribe drugs, emergency and after-hour calls are becoming much more common.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
12.02.2019
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is an academic, public healthcare system which receives national recognition for innovation and community excellence. We are recruiting for a full time optometrist...
12.09.2019
The purpose of this position is to provide primary eye care services at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka and/or at Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau and field clinics to other SEARHC clinics as assigned. The clinical optometrist is on the...
12.09.2019
Education Qualifications: Licensure/Certification Qualifications: PRACTICE SPECIFICS Join established practice of 3 Optometrists and 1 Ophthalmologist Monday-Friday 40 hour work week Minimal (Daytime Only) call requirements 15-20...
11.21.2019
Job Purpose: Under the supervision of the Practice Manager and Chief of Ophthalmology. Possesses knowledge and skills in history taking, patient services, instrument maintenance, clinical optics, basic ocular motility, visual fields, intermediate...
11.15.2019
LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE-STAFF: This position contributes to the nursing assessment by collecting, reporting, and documenting objective and subjective data. This position also participates in the development of the Nursing component of the plan...
11.28.2019
Responsibilities As part of a team, provide administrative support for the patient care activities of two or more Ophthalmologists and Optometrist including answering patient care telephones, scheduling patient appointments, obtaining managed...
12.09.2019
Education Qualifications: Licensure/Certification Qualifications: Optometrist Virginia, MN PRACTICE SPECIFICS We are looking for an energetic, patient-centered team player to join our existing group. Our ideal candidate will work closely...
11.11.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
12.10.2019
Job Summary Assists patients in selecting corrective lenses, repairing frames, ordering, disbursing and making adjustments to patient's selections, maintaining inventories and charts and performing other office duties....
  1. Optometrist Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is an academic, public healthcare system which receives national recognition for innovation and community excellence. We are recruiting for a full time optometrist...
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