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  • While their iconic testing device

  • known as a phoropter

  • and the rows of ever-shrinking letters

  • on a vision test

  • may look like something

  • out of Victorian times

  • in reality, optometrists use state-of-the-art

  • science and technology to examine

  • patients' vision.

  • In addition to diagnosing sight problems,

  • optometrists prescribe eyeglasses

  • and contact lenses to correct vision,

  • and they may perform minor surgeries.

  • They also diagnose and treat eye diseases

  • or injuries and manage other eye disorders.

  • Optometrists rely on interpersonal skills

  • to help patients feel at ease

  • and respond effectively to vision testing.

  • At vision check-ups,

  • they counsel patients on

  • how broader health care affects eyesight,

  • and promote good eye health practices.

  • The accuracy of their prescription relies

  • both on their technical skills

  • and a clear understanding

  • between doctor and patient.

  • Most optometrists work in

  • offices of optometry.

  • Others work in doctors' offices,

  • optical goods stores, or are self-employed.

  • Optometrists work full time,

  • and may work weekends or evenings

  • to accommodate their patients' needs.

  • Optometrists must complete

  • a 4-year Doctor of Optometry program

  • and be licensed to practice

  • in a particular state.

  • They must also pass the

  • National Board of Examiners

  • in Optometry exam.

  • Doctoral program applicants must have

  • completed at least 3 years of college

  • that include courses in biology,

  • chemistry, physics,

  • English and math.

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B1 US vision eye testing doctor program health

29-1041.00 - Optometrists

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