Optometrists and ophthalmic opticians

Role Responsibilities

  • Examining patients’ eyes and conducting diagnostic tests to assess ocular health and determine the nature and extent of vision problems and abnormalities
  • Testing visual function using specialized instruments and equipment for measuring visual acuity and refractive error, function of visual pathways, visual fields, eye movements, freedom of vision and intraocular pressure
  • Detecting, diagnosing and managing eye disease, including prescribing medications for treatment
  • Consulting with and referring patients to ophthalmologists or other health professionals if additional medical treatment is necessary
  • Detecting and diagnosing eye movement disorders and defects of binocular function, and planning and managing treatment programs, including counselling patients in eye exercises to coordinate movement and focusing of eyes
  • Prescribing corrective eyeglasses, contact lenses and other vision aids, and checking optical devices for performance, safety, comfort and lifestyle
  • Advising on visual health matters such as contact lens care, vision care for the elderly, optics, visual ergonomics, and occupational and industrial eye safety

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    Skill level

    Highly skilled