This website has been developed by NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care to promote working in optometry across Greater Manchester. Use it to find out more about working in the optical profession and access the latest job vacancies from the NHS Jobs website.

Why work in the optical profession?

Working in the optical profession requires a unique blend of technical knowledge and people skills. As an optometrist, you focus on science-led theory and practice, learning about the mechanics of the eye and how to test and manage eye conditions. And you continue to learn after your optometry degree, too. Read more »

What jobs can I do in optics?

Optometrists examine eyesight, prescribes glasses or contact lenses, checks for eye conditions, as well as spot underlying health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure. Dispensing opticians (DO) are trained to fit lenses, coatings and frames for patients, using prescriptions written by optometrists. Optical assistants and clinical assistants are the first point of contact when a patient visits a practice. Read more »

a career in Optics

If you’re looking for a challenging career in healthcare that offers lots of job satisfaction, working in optics may be the answer. As well as treating and caring for eyes, optometry is about using your skills and technical understanding to make a real difference to people’s quality of life. Read more »

In the video below Optometrists, Ian Cameron and Gillian Bruce, explain why higher qualifications will help you expand your horizons.

In the video below Optometrist and professional services manager for CooperVision in the UK and Ireland, Krupa Patel, explains what the optical industry can offer you.