Optometry is a healthcare profession which is all about the eyes, with optometrists being the first port of call for people with eye problems. Optometrists are healthcare professionals trained to examine eyes to detect defects in vision and ocular diseases, such as glaucoma and conjunctivitis.
They are the Dr Houses of the eye world: just by looking into someone’s eyes, optometrists can suss out whether that person has certain health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, and, if found, to make an appropriate referral to a medical practitioner.
They also help the visually challenged to see by conducting eye tests, prescribing lenses, therapy or eye exercises. Optometrists don’t perform medical and surgical procedures, although prescribing optometrists can prescribe medication for certain eye-related ailments. They work in a range of environments, from high street chains to hospitals and community settings.
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Most newly qualified optometrists enter private practice either as individuals or employees of larger practices. They may specialise in contact lenses, environmental vision or the care of the partially sighted. A small number undertake research for a higher degree. Becoming a business owner is also a common route Optometrists.
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In order to practice as an Optometrist in Ireland, you must be registered with CORU the regulatory board of Ireland. This allows registration with the Irish Optician's Board as a fully qualified optometrist. Those registered with the Board are also eligible to register with the General Optical Council and to practice in the UK. Registration with the Association of Optometrists, UK, is also required for practice within the UK as is registration with the General Optical Council.
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