What is an optometrist?

Posted in Emerging Talent on July 14, 2017
Author: Sam Reed

Previously known as opticians, optometrists are eye specialists trained to examine the eyes to detect defects in vision, signs of injury, ocular diseases or abnormality and problems with general health, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

What could be more important than a career looking after people’s eyes?

It’s not surprising that sight is the sense that people most fear losing – the world we live in today is fast moving, and the way we all communicate is becoming increasingly visual. Optometrists care for the health of their patients’ eyes, giving advice and prescribing glasses or contact lenses where they’re needed but it’s also much more than that at Specsavers – you’re an expert who can make a real difference to the quality of life of people using the latest technology and clinical advances.

Can you see yourself as an Optometrist?

If so, you’ll need a strong grounding in science as you’re going to be spending a lot of time getting your head around how the eye and the brain works. A lot of the skills you’ll need will come from physics and biology, and you’ll also need to love maths and chemistry too.

But if you want to really make a success of being an optometrist, it’s no good being a science genius if you aren’t great with people too. You’ll work with different people every day, from all walks of life, and you’ll be responsible for their visual health, so you’ll need to have excellent communications skills and a real dedication to your customers. Are you the kind of person who never wants to stop learning? Great as it’s a sector where really exciting advances are being made all the time, so you will need to be on top of everything that’s going on.

So it takes a pretty special kind of person to make it as an optometrist, are you up to the challenge?

One of the great things about this industry is that there are so many different routes into it. 

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