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Optometrist

Optometrist

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Description and Responsibilities

As eye care specialists, optometrists conduct eye and eyesight tests to detect any visual impairment or ocular pathology. They correct visual impairments with contact lenses, glasses or a visual rehabilitation program. They inform patients about eye hygiene and preventive measures against diseases. Optometrists can also treat certain eye conditions with medication. They deal with specific cases in which patients require more specialized examinations or adapted care.

Source: Comité patronal de négociation du secteur de la santé et des services sociaux  (in French only)

Education and Training Requirements

Optometrists must have a PhD in optometry from a recognized academic institution.

In Québec, the School of Optometry at the Université de Montréal Ce lien ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre.(in French only) offers an undergraduate degree program leading to the Doctor of Optometry Diploma. Optometrists can also further their studies at the master's level or with a post-graduate diploma (D.E.S.S.). These studies allow them to deepen their knowledge and to conduct research in the field of vision.

Required Interests, Skills and Personality Type

  • Must be a good communicator and listener
  • Must have good manual dexterity
  • Must know how to observe and analyze situations
  • Must love contact with the public

Personality Type (RIASEC)

ISR
  • I - Prefers studying, understanding and solving problems
  • S - Prefers to be in contact with people and to help them
  • R - Prefers practical work and handling tools

Work Environment

Optometrists work in health and social services network rehabilitation centres.

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