Optometrists are licensed physicians who specialize in eye health and care. They examine, diagnose and treat patients with eye problems or disorders. They conduct tests to identify and evaluate any defects or diseases that afflict their patients’ eyes. They also prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses, vision therapy and low vision aids. Optometrists work directly with their patients and work to provide the best treatment possible. As such, optometrists must be able to work in a professional manner with a variety of patients ranging from young children to the elderly.
Optometrists work indoors at a hospital, or more often, in a private clinic. They work and interact with nurses, technician staff and other assistants in order to provide the most efficient and best care for every patient. They usually work from mid-morning until the late afternoon.
- Conduct tests to identify and evaluate eye defects and diseases.
- Prescribe eye glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy and low vision aids for the correction of visual disorders.
- Examine, diagnose and treat patients.
Optometrists undergo extensive education and training: They are high school and college graduates who go on to receive medical certification from a medical school.
The pay scale of an optometrist ranges between AUD$51,885 – AUD$130,283 and the median being AUD$87,654.