An optometrist is a type of physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of problems related to the eyes and vision. The job of an optometrist typically includes prescribing glasses and medication for the treatment of their patients’ eyes, as well as various allergies that may arise related to the eyes. The optometrist would typically perform their job by first analyzing the patient’s vision, and then issuing an appropriate corrective course, such as using glasses or drops to alleviate pains and other problems related to the eyes.
An optometrist must usually go through a standard college education for four years before proceeding to specialize in an optometry school, where they can usually go through a 4-year program designed specifically for the job of an optometrist. In some cases, an optometrist may wish to work with particular types of patients, such as elderly people, which will usually require further specialization as there are some differences and particular things to note in those cases.
With the annual salary for optometrists going between $95,000 – $150,000, the job is seen as a very well-paying one for the amount of effort involved in it, as well as taking the qualificational requirements attached to it in mind. One of the downsides of the job is that it can be very inflexible in its working hours and the conditions it’s practiced in can degrade a little as well from time to time depending on the company (in the sense that it can be very demanding), but it’s still a good career choice.