Education Required

All states require optometrists to be licensed. Prospective optometrist must have an O.D. degree from an accredited optometry school and must complete all sections of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry exam. Some states require candidates to pass an additional exam, such as on clinical skills or on laws relating to optometry. All states require optometrists to take continuing education classes and to renew their license periodically. For more information, contact the licensing board for the state in which you plan to practice. Optometrists may obtain an optional credential to become board certified by the American Board of Optometry. This certification requires passing an examination.

Career Setting

What is this job like?

An optometrist is a healthcare professional who specializes in providing primary eye care services. Optometrists examine, diagnose, and treat various eye conditions and vision problems. They prescribe corrective lenses, provide vision therapy, and refer patients to ophthalmologists for further medical or surgical treatment, if needed. Click to explore more occupational details: