Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases, injuries and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures. They also identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.
ODs diagnose and treat, prescribe medications, perform certain surgical procedures, provide vision therapy and low vision rehabilitation and assist patients with eyeglasses and contact lenses. They counsel patients regarding surgical and non-surgical options to meet their visual needs. In cases involving surgery, they provide both pre-operative and post-operative consultation and care. ODs also diagnose systemic conditions that have eye-related symptoms (i.e., diabetes or high blood pressure) and refer patients to other health practitioners, as needed. (source: Explore Health Careers)
Learning More About Optometry
To read more about the profession of Optometry visit the Association of Schools of Optometry or view their video: Envision 2011. For more specific information on the practice of optometry or optometric education, please visit the American Optometric Association website. To find the requirements for specific institutions, you may visit institutional websites and/or download a copy of the Admission Requirements Handbook from the ASCO website.
Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
Optometry school applicants are required to sit for the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT). For information about the Optometry Admission Test, please visit the OAT website.