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Job Description

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.

Entry Requirements

You'll need:

  • 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
  • Orthoptist

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • 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

Starting Salary

£26,000 to £82,500

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