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Optometry

Optometry is about the examination of the eyes and visual systems, as well as, diagnosing eye diseases. Specialties and Duties

OPTOMETRIST:

  • Examines and tests patients’ eye and vision.
  • Diagnoses disorders and diseases of the eye.
  • Prescribes and fits glasses and contact lens.
  • Give advice on eye and eye-wear care.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST/EYE SPECIALIST:

  • Medical Doctor who has specialized in treating diseases of the eye.
  • Diagnoses and treats disorders and diseases of the eye.
  • Prescribes medication for any disorders or diseases.
  • Conducts corrective surgery

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Entry requirements include CXC CSEC courses such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, English, Psychology, Social Sciences,
  • Computer Literacy and Statistics.
  • CXC CAPE Science Subjects such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Bachelor of Optometry degree (BOptom).
  • Doctor of Optometry degree (OD).

PROFILE

Manual Precision: steady hands are important when performing minute actions and they must be dexterous and have muscular endurance for long procedures. Communication and People Skills: excellent communication skills are required to explain procedures to the patient as well as give advice clearly and accurately interpret any questions they may have. Empathy and Patience: showing empathy allows patients to become more comfortable when they feel they can trust the optometrist to do a satisfactory job, similarly, patience to deal with and calm anxious patients is beneficial. Problem-solving and Decision-making Skills: should be able to assess the problem the patient is experiencing and determine the best possible cause of action to be taken. Ability to work well under pressure: the ability to work quickly and efficiently without becoming overwhelmed. 

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