Optometrists provide vision care. They diagnose and treat vision problems and eye diseases. Optometrists prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses and vision therapy. They help care for patients after some types of eye surgery. Optometrists usually work with people of all ages. Some may specialize in groups, such as children.

Working Conditions

Optometrists often work long hours. Many work weekends and evenings to help meet client's schedules.


The middle half salary range is between $44,000 and $94,000 a year.

Helpful Skills and Subjects to Study

Classes to take in school are English, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology. psychology, history, sociology, speech and business.

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Education & Training

Optometrists must have a Doctor of Optometry degree which takes four years of study after earning a bachelor's degree.

Job Outlook

This occupation is expected to increase as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be good for optometrists.

Sources for Additional Information

American Optometric Association, Educational Services
243 North Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141-7881

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 510
Rockville, MD 20852