What does an Optometrist do?

Optometrists examine both the eye’s internal and external structures and diagnose eye disease, including glaucoma, retinal disorders, cataracts, systemic diseases including hypertension or diabetes, and vision conditions including astigmatism or nearsightedness. They conduct vision assessments and refraction, which determines the clarity or blur of a patient's eye. They deduce a patient's ability to focus and coordinate their eyes and their depth perception.

Optometrists prescribe corrective lenses including eyeglasses or contacts and recommend further services including low vision rehabilitation or vision therapy. If a patient requires an operation, optometrists provide preoperative and postoperative care. They take the patient’s detailed medical histories and document them, and evaluate eye-related symptoms including redness or inflammation. They advise patients about proper care and hygiene and identify health and safety factors that could impact vision, including working in front of a computer. Optometrists need a minimum state-issued license for optometry, an OD degree, and five years of experience working as an optometrist.

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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Optometrist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£48,912 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£37K
Median: £49K
£66K
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Optometrist Career Path

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Optometrist Insights

Read what Optometrist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Specsavers Opticians
Optometrist
18 Oct 2020

“Reasonable professional development opportunities depending on your store director some of them are really good some are awful”

VisionworksVisionworks
Eyewear Specialist
18 Jul 2019

“Not really much room for advancement and as part time you don't get any benefits aside from your free glasses.”

SpecsaversSpecsavers
Optometrist
5 Dec 2020

“Career progression is good and the directorship programme is rewarding”

RetensaRetensa
OD/TM Associate
30 May 2019

“Working for Retensa will provide you with real world experience in the Organizational Development field which is difficult to gain.”

Optical ExpressOptical Express
Optometrist
26 Sep 2019

“Good bonus structure if you hit targets”

Visionary Eye Centre
Optometric Assistant
26 Feb 2021

“Good people to work with”

SpecsaversSpecsavers
Pre Registration Optometrist
7 Oct 2019

“Good people to work with”

Bailey NelsonBailey Nelson
Optometrist
30 Apr 2021

“Relatively good work life balance”

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