Optometrists examine eyes, prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses and recommend treatments such as exercises to correct vision problems or ocular disorders. They work in private practice, clinics and community health centres.

Skills Required

  • great hand-eye coordination
  • aptitude for precision and accuracy
  • ability to work with delicate instruments
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • the spatial and form perception required to interpret test results and identify visual defects
  • good general health and visual acuity
  • team skills

Education/Training Required

Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree

Schools Offering Career Program

University of Waterloo
Universite de Montreal (French)

Average Starting Salary

Growth Rate

Education Required
7 years