Optometrist

I think the literal translation is ‘eye measurer’, an optometrist is a health professional who has completed an undergraduate course at university, then a preregistration year, before being MCOptom.

An optometrist is what most people understand to be an optician, although strictly speaking an ‘optom’ examines eyes and issues a prescription, which an optician then makes into glasses.

The most basic role is in management of refractice errors:

  • myopia
  • hypermetropia
  • astigmatism
  • presbyopia

They also examine for common visual problems including

  • cataract
  • glaucoma
  • macular degeneration


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