What it is
optometry jobshelp patients with conditions and diseases of the eye. Optometrists diagnose vision problems, check for eye diseases and prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses. Dispensing opticians help fit patients for eyeglasses or contact lenses. They also verify prescriptions and maintain patient records.
What it's like
Optometry jobs are typically located in private medical offices where eye exams are performed or in retail stores where frames and lenses are sold. Many optometrists run their own offices as small businesses. Most optometry jobs are full time, although some dispensing opticians may work part time. Optometry jobs usually require a 40-hour week, but some retail stores may be open evenings and weekends to better serve customers.
Optometry jobs involve interacting with multiple patients each day. Attention to detail is important especially when maintaining patient records or filling prescriptions for lenses. Dispensing opticians working in busy retail stores must be able to balance multiple patients.
What it takes
Optometrists are required to earn their doctorate and receive a license from the state in order to practice. Dispensing opticians receive on-the-job training, but training programs and apprenticeships are also available. Experienced opticians manage retail stores or open their own stores as small businesses.
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