2017 Optometrists
Median Pay: US$103,900
Entry Level: Doctoral or professional degree
Summary
Optometrists examine the eyes and other parts of the visual system. They also diagnose and treat visual problems and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed.
Duties

Optometrists typically do the following:

  • Perform vision tests and analyze results
  • Diagnose sight problems, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, and eye diseases, such as glaucoma
  • Prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other visual aids, and if state law permits, medications
  • Perform minor surgical procedures to correct or treat visual or eye health issues
  • Provide treatments such as vision therapy or low-vision rehabilitation
  • Provide pre- and postoperative care to patients undergoing eye surgery - for example, examining a patient's eyes the day after surgery
  • Evaluate patients for the presence of other diseases and conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, and refer patients to other healthcare providers as needed
  • Promote eye and general health by counseling patients

Some optometrists spend much of their time providing specialized care, particularly if they are working in a group practice with other optometrists or physicians. For example, some optometrists mostly treat patients with only partial sight, a condition known as low vision. Others may focus on treating infants and children.

Optometrists promote eye health and counsel patients on how general health can affect eyesight. For example, they may counsel patients on how smoking cessation or weight loss can reduce vision problems.

Many optometrists own their practice and those who do may spend more time on general business activities, such as hiring employees, ordering supplies, and marketing their business.

Optometrists also may work as postsecondary teachers, do research in optometry colleges, or work as consultants in the eye care industry.

Optometrists should not be confused with ophthalmologists or dispensing opticians. Ophthalmologists are physicians who perform eye surgery and treat eye diseases in addition to performing eye exams and prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. For more information on ophthalmologists, see the physicians and surgeons profile. Dispensing opticians fit and adjust eyeglasses and, in some states, fill contact lens prescriptions that an optometrist or ophthalmologist has written.

Optometrist - Doctor of Optometry (Employee)

Type: Part Time
OverviewPhysicians Eyecare Group has the perfect opportunity for the dedicated Doctors of Optometry.Here are the simple reasons why we're a leader in the optical industry:We have centralized support center, which allows you to focus more on patient careOur company is one of the fastest growing...
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Optometrist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our Practice is looking for a dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered primary eye care for our Hurst, TX office. This role allows you to see patients with a wide variety of pathology and refractive needs. Experienced ODs and New...
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Optometrist

Type: Part Time
Our Practice is looking for a dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered primary eye care for our Sacramento, CA office. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome.As one of our optometrists, the responsibilities of practice management are...
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Optometrist - Doctor of Optometry (Employee)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OverviewPhysicians Eyecare Group has the perfect opportunity for the dedicated Doctors of Optometry.Here are the simple reasons why we're a leader in the optical industry:We have centralized support center, which allows you to focus more on patient careOur company is one of the fastest growing...
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Optometrist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Crystal Clear Eye Associates of Florida is looking for a dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered primary eye care for our Tallahassee, FL office. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome.As one of our optometrists, the responsibilities...
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Optometrist - Doctor of Optometry

Type: Part Time
OverviewPhysicians Eyecare Group has the perfect opportunity for the dedicated Doctors of Optometry.Here are the simple reasons why we're a leader in the optical industry:We have centralized support center, which allows you to focus more on patient careOur company is one of the fastest growing...
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Optometrist

Type: Part Time
Our Practice is looking for a dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered primary eye care for all of our offices in the Austin, TX area. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome.As one of our optometrists, the responsibilities of practice...
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Optometrist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our Practice is looking for a dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered primary eye care for our office in Boise, ID. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome.As one of our optometrists, the responsibilities of practice management are...
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Optometrist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our Practice is looking for a dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered eye care for the Cleveland, OH area. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome.As one of our Doctors, the responsibilities of practice management are handled for you,...
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Optometrist

Type: Part Time
We are recruiting a dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered primary eye care for a Primary Care Optometry Practice located in Waldorf, MD, for 3 days a week. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome.With this opportunity, the...
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Optometrist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We are recruiting a dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered primary eye care for a Primary Care Optometry Practice located in Upper Marlboro, MD. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome.With this opportunity, the responsibilities of...
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Upper Marlboro, MD

Optometrist - Doctor of Optometry (Employee)

Type: Part Time
OverviewPhysicians Eyecare Group has the perfect opportunity for the dedicated Doctors of Optometry.Here are the simple reasons why we're a leader in the optical industry:We have centralized support center, which allows you to focus more on patient careOur company is one of the fastest growing...
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Optometrist - Doctor of Optometry (Employee)

Type: Part Time
OverviewPhysicians Eyecare Group has the perfect opportunity for the dedicated Doctors of Optometry.Here are the simple reasons why we're a leader in the optical industry:We have centralized support center, which allows you to focus more on patient careOur company is one of the fastest growing...
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Optometrist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
National Vision is looking for a dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered primary eye care for multiple offices in the Bowie, MD area. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome.As part of our network, the responsibilities of practice...
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Hyattsville, MD

Optometrist - Doctor of Optometry (Employee)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OverviewPhysicians Eyecare Group has the perfect opportunity for the dedicated Doctors of Optometry.Here are the simple reasons why we're a leader in the optical industry:We have centralized support center, which allows you to focus more on patient careOur company is one of the fastest growing...
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Optometrist - Doctor of Optometry (Employee)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OverviewPhysicians Eyecare Group has the perfect opportunity for the dedicated Doctors of Optometry.Here are the simple reasons why we're a leader in the optical industry:We have centralized support center, which allows you to focus more on patient careOur company is one of the fastest growing...
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Optometrist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our Practice is looking for a dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered primary eye care for our Deer Valley-Phoenix, AZ office. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome.As one of our optometrists, the responsibilities of practice...
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Optometrist

Type: Part Time
Our Practice is looking for a dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered primary eye care to work one day a week in our Twin Falls, ID office. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome.We are committed to providing the highest quality...
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Optometrist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our Practice is looking for a dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered primary eye care for our offices in Davenport, Moline, and Dubuque IA. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome.As part of our...
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Optometrist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our Practice is looking for a dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered primary eye care for our San Antonio, TX office. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome.As one of our optometrists, the responsibilities of practice management are...
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San Antonio, TX