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Optometry Let's look in the eye... Enjoy your ride! Here we go! Career choices... Optometrists are the main primary vision care professional that most people will go to. What is Optometry? Job description Daily routine responsibilities:

licensed medical professionals trained to prescribe and fit lenses to improve vision
- Diagnose and treat various eye diseases
- Examining the eyes for defects in vision and eye disorders in order to prescribe corrective lenses or other appropriate treatment
- provide vision therapy and low-vision rehabilitation;
- Refer patients to other health practitioners as needed
- prescribe drugs or other medication to treat eye diseases
- test patients' visual acuity, depth and color perception, and ability to focus and coordinate the eyes; Settings Optometrists can work in private practices, vision clinics, franchise optical stores, hospitals, as teachers, government positions and many other venues. What do they do? Where do they work? How long do they work? Most full time optometrists work about 40 hours a week. There are many optometrists that work weekends and evenings to suit the need of patients. University Requirements Application Education Requirements So.. how do I get into the Optometry program To get into the optometry program in the university of Waterloo, one must meet the non - academic requires which is completing the OAT (Optometry Applications Test), Confidential assessment form (CAF's are like a reference letter; two required), Citizenship (Canadian citizenship), English language requirement (based on the Test of English as a foreign language), and personal identification/academic records (academic awards, non - academic awards, work experience, volunteering experience, job shadowing or working with an optometrist). As well as the academic requirements which requires on to complete three or more years of Bachelor of Sciences studies, complete all of the specified Optometry prerequisite courses by the deadline, and maintain a minimum university average of 75%. University Courses Arts
PrerequisiteLength (terms)Non-Waterloo equivalentsWaterloo Course calendarequivalents
English1Any English (ENGL, e.g. ENGL XXXX) or any writing (WRIT, e.g. WRIT XXX) courseAny oneENGL course
Other humanities courses will not satisfy the English prerequisite.
Introductory ethics1Any introductory ethics or biomedical ethics course
For example:
Biomedical Ethics
Contemporary Moral Issues
Introduction to Ethics and ValuesPHIL 110B, 218J,
219J, 220, or 226
Not all philosophy courses are introductory ethics.
Introductory psychology1Any year 1 introductory psychology coursePSYCH 101
PrerequisiteLength (terms)Non-Waterloo equivalentsWaterloo Course calendarequivalents
General biology with lab2Any two terms of year 1 biology with labsBIOL 130 & 130L, BIOL 211
Microbiology1Any one term introductory microbiology
For example:
Fundamentals of Microbiology
Basic and Medical Microbiology
Biology of ProkaryotesBIOL 140
Physiology (human or mammalian)2Only physiology will satisfy the two terms
For example:
Principles of Human Physiology 1 and Principles of Human Physiology 2
Human Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Mammalian PhysiologyBIOL 273, BIOL 373
Anatomy courses will not satisfy the prerequisite, unless the course is called Human Anatomy and Physiology.
PrerequisiteLength (terms)Non-Waterloo equivalentsWaterloo Course calendarequivalents
General chemistry with lab1Any year 1 intro chemistry course with lab
For example:
General Chemistry
Intro chemistryCHEM 120 & 120L
Biochemistry1Any one term introductory biochemistry
For example:
Introduction to Biochemistry
Principles of BiochemistryCHEM 237
Organic chemistry1Any one term introductory organic chemistry
For example:
Introductory Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry 1CHEM 266
PrerequisiteLength (terms)Non-Waterloo equivalentsWaterloo Course calendarequivalents
Calculus1Any one term calculus
For example:
Calculus 1
Calculus for Science Students
Calculus for Biology Students
Introductory CalculusMATH 127
Statistics1Any one term statistics
For Example
Statistics 1
Statistics for Science Students
Statistics for Biology Students
Introductory StatisticsSTAT 202
PrerequisiteLength (terms)Non-Waterloo equivalentsWaterloo Course calendarequivalents
Physics with lab2Any two terms of year 1 physics with labsPHYS 111/ 111L & 112/ 112L
or 121/ 121L &122/ 122L High School Requirements The required high school education requirements is to have completed all courses in a university stream and have a average of 80% or above Courses that must be taken How these skills relate to this career is that for one, when dealing with patients, it is important to have good communication skills as it will determine whether or not you will see with them in the future, figure out there problems and needs, as well as dealing with them during the progress of an eye exam.

The document use comes in by dealing with several patients. As a medical professional, it is important to maintain documents of your clients and their information. These are used in most if none, all optometry clinics.

Examples of critical thinking that comes in play are within eye exams. After using the phoropters to determine the patients eye clarity, the optometrist will determine which prescription is needed, medication as well as analyzing the eye. Essential Skills and Work Habits Required Is there anything else that is needed to become an Optometrist? It's not easy to becoming an Optometrist. There are essential skills and work habits that are recommended to have; critical thinking, document use, and oral communication. How does having these skills relate to Optometry? Average Hourly Wages for Optometrists in Canada Expectations of salary Well I'm curious now, how much do Optometrists get paid? The average annual salary (Canadian currency) ranged from about $15.72 from Montreal, Canada to about $69.23 from Alberta.
A typical full - time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $75 000 - $95 000.
The largest sector of employment for Optometrists is health care and social assistance. The average weekly earnings for the health care and social assistance sector as a whole is about $800.90 in January 2012 assuming the average working week of 36 hours, hourly earnings in the sector for January 2012 are $22.25. Optometry statistics Employment Certifications/Licensing required for Qualification Okay... What do I need to be qualified? Optometry is a regulated profession in Canada, which means you need a professional license to practice. To obtain a professional designation that allows you to be licensed and registered to practice optometry, you are required to complete the following:
•A minimum of three years of undergraduate education, preferably in the sciences.
•A four-year university program in optometry, accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.
•One year of residency training (optional).
•Successful completion of the national examination administered by the Canadian Examiners in Optometry.
•Successful completion of the provincial board requirements where the Doctor of Optometry graduate plans to work. What are my chances of getting this job in the future? The current outlook for this occupation states that it is 'good' as the employment opportunities will arise significantly from the need to replace optometrists who retire. In the future, the outlook for this occupation will still remain good, if not slightly closer to excellent simply because referring to the trend of the aging population statistics, the result of the 'baby boomers' are now nearing to retirement and with the large amount of retiring people, the demand of health care will increase dramatically.

With this in mind, the demand of Optometry will remain high and the number of optometrists will increase significantly. Did you know that... Cool facts about
Optometry~! Wow! What are those big magnifying glasses? One of the common tools that Optometrists use is called the slit lamp (microscope) which allows the Optometrists to look into the small details on the front part of your eye? They use an instrument called a phoropters ( fancy glasses which the patient see's through) in which it allows to determine what kind of prescription the patient needs. And then there are some variety of hand held instruments that lets they see the back of your eye (retina) and the tissue to see if it is healthy Last but not least, there is a specialized tool called a typographers which involves laser usage (taking pictures of the eye ) to help them determine the nature of the patient's cornea problems are. The cool thing about optometry is that there are always new and interesting tools that they use throughout the day. Alternate 1. Dentistry

College. ( 4 years, obtain a Bachelor's degree ) 2. Pharmacy

College. (4 years pharmacy program after completing two years of undergraduate work) 3. Psychiatry

College (8 years and an additional number of years in an internship or residency) 4. Paramedics

College ( Offered as a two year associates degree program ) progressing through the different levels of emergency medical training starting with EMT - basic to Intermediate and then as a Paramedic Bibliography All credits and sources belong to... Pros and Cons
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