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inderpreet lail

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Transcript of Optometrist

Post Secondary Options
excluding Optometry School
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Who is an Optometrist?
Location: Burnaby, BC

Length: Four Years

Tuition Levels: $5429 per year

Book & Supply Cost : $1500 per year

Credentials: Bachelor's Degree

Start Date: Fall

University of British Columbia (UBC)-Okanagan
Location: Kelowna, BC

Length: Four Years

Tuition Level: $5346 per year

Book & Supply Cost: $1700 per year

Credentials: Bachelor's Degree

Start Date: Fall
Sample Career Path
"Level 1 employee" (beginner)
Title-Recent Graduate
Requirements-Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree, Completions of national and provincial exams
Responsibilities-working for another optometrist, checking/testing eyes, diagnosing eye problems, prescribing lenses, vision therapy

By: Inderpreet Lail
Optometrists earn from $50,000 to $150,000 yearly.
Working Conditions
One thing that surprises me about the working conditions for this job is that most optometrists are in private practice. This surprised me because I thought that
Job Description
Examine eyes to diagnose vision problems, eye diseases or other conditions
Use various instruments to test depth and color perception
Test patients ability to focus and coordinate eyes
Prescribe corrective lenses and rehab treatment
Diagnose patients with eye problems such as myopia
Provide vision therapy for those with vision problems
Refer patients to another health care practitioner if they find evidence of disease
Can remove foreign bodies such as splinters from the eye
Apply eye drops and ointments
Must follow regulations set by their province or territory
Can specialize in eye care for children, the elderly or partially sighted people
Education, Training and Qualifications
1. Take as many upper level math and science courses

2. Three years of studies at university including courses in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Math and English or 4-year Bachelor of Science degree

3. Must pass OAT (Optometry Admission Test)

4. Optometry School for 4 years-receive Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree

5.Obtain a license in B.C by passing national and provincial exams

Catherine deals with a lot of patients with special needs. She also works with infants and children. She works with an organization that dedicates to serving people with specials needs. Before entering into the field of Optometry, she studied Science at university. An important characteristic of an optometrist is to be a good communicator. Most optometrists can be guaranteed a job for life. There are other jobs optometrists can do with some further education. They can also teach at a school of optometry. Optometry schools are very difficult to get in to.
Core Tasks
Use instruments to test patients' eyes
Prescribe corrective lenses or rehabilitative treatment
Provide vision therapy for patients with vision problems
Test for depth and color perception
Refer patients to doctors if evidence of diabetes or other diseases are found
May remove splinters and apply eye drops
Attributes and Abilities
Good with people
One of the abilities listed for this job is the ability to work with people. This works well with the type of person I am because I enjoy working with people and I'm good with people. I have worked with a variety of different people of different ages. As an optometrist, I will have to work with patients of all ages so it helps to have past experience with this.I am also friendly which is another attribute listed for this job.
Optometrists worked in a place where they are hired
The company or practice an optometrist works under determines the pay and work hours
most optometrist aren't self employed
they didn't hire and fire their own staff
they didn't own their own practice
"Level 2 employee" (intermediate)
Title-Associate Optometrist
Requirements-Experience diagnosing patients and prescribing lenses
Responsibilities-Seeing patients; doing some administrative tasks.

"Level 3 employee" (seasoned)
Title-Owner of Optometric Practice
Requirements-Business experience is useful
Responsibilities-Seeing patients; managing office; hiring and firing staff; accounting
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Simon Fraser University (SFU)
Optometry School
(additional 4 years)

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC

Michigan College of Optometry, Big Rapids, MI
Illinois College, Chicago, IL
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón, PR
Arizona College of Optometry, Glendale, AZ
New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA
Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK
NOVA Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale-Davie, FL
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Elkins Park, PA
Southern California College of Optometry, Fullerton, CA
Southern College, Memphis, TN
State University of New York College of Optometry, New York, NY
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AB
University of California – Berkeley Optometry, Berkley, CA
University of Houston, Houston, TX
University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
Block 4
April 30, 2014
Optometrists are health care specialists who are trained to examine the eyes and to detect defects in vision, signs of injury, diseases or problems with general health. A detailed examination of the eye can reveal conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Optometrists make a diagnosis, offer advice and prescribe, fit and supply contact lenses or glasses when necessary.

Optometrists study for at least eight years and participate in training and supervision.Once qualified, they have the opportunity to develop their interests in specialist aspects of practice such as contact lenses, eye treatment, low vision and children.


Can be repetitive
Minimum 8 years of school after high school
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