Optometrists are primary health care 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. They make a health assessment, offer clinical advice, prescribe spectacles or contact lenses and refer patients for further treatment, when necessary.
Optometrists need to get a degree in optometry, approved by the General Optical Council (GOC). They also complete a one-year pre-registration paid and supervised work placement, with a registered optometrist, and pass the GOC final assessment to qualify. Read more »
Student membership of the Association of Optometrists (AOP) is completely free until you qualify as an Optometrist. The AOP provides students with a free monthly copy of Optometry Today and online educational revision content. They also offer free legal support and representation. Read more »
Find out more about the different jobs in optometry, such as Optometrists, Dispensing opticians, Optical assistants and Ophthalmic Medical Practitioners. Learn about whether to become a Locum Optometrists, a domiciliary optometrist and working in an independent practice or multiple practices. Read more »