An optometrist is a health care professional who provides primary eye care services, including comprehensive eye health and vision examinations, diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and vision disorders, prescribing of eyeglasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, and medications, performing minor surgical procedures, and counseling patients regarding their vision needs. While examining a patient's eyes, optometrists may also identify signs of diseases and conditions that affect the entire body. Approximately 34,800 optometrists are licensed to practice in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • Doctorate
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required