Optometrists examine patients eyes to detect disease or other conditions, test their eye sight, prescribe glasses or contact lenses and refer patients to other specialists for further treatment if necessary.
- a degree in optometry
- 1 year's paid, supervised work experience with a registered optometrist
- registration with the General Optical Council (GOC)
If you're already working as a dispensing optician, you'll need to complete an optometry degree and pre-registration year.
Career Path and Progression
You could specialise in an area like paediatrics (working with children), contact lenses, sports vision or low vision
You could study for an MSc in optometry or train further in contact lens practice, therapeutics (prescribing drugs for certain eye problems) or specific conditions like diabetes and glaucoma.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Dispensing optician
- The ability to analyse scientific and mathematical data
- Good concentration
- Precision and attention to detail
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to maintain concentration
- Ability to put people at ease
- Adaptability - to new technologies and techniques
£26,000 to £82,500