Optometry

 Optometry

Optometry

Definition

The practice or proffession of examining the eyes by means of suitable instruments or appliances for defects in vision and eye disorders to prescribe corrective

lenses or other appropriate treatment.

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/optometry

 

Career description

Optometrists carry out the following tasks:

  • Speak to patients to get detailed case histories from them;
  • Examine patients’ eyes to detect signs of injury, disease, abnormality or vision defects;
  • Are aware of signs and symptoms of general health conditions (e.g. diabetes);
  • Fit spectacles or contact lenses;
  • Offer advice and reassurance about vision-related matters;
  • Offer help and advice to patients when choosing frames and lenses.

Jobs directly related to the qualification

  • Optometrist
  • Optometrist Assistant
  • Medical Administrator
  • Vision Therapist

Websites

http://www.saoa.co.za/

http://www.isoleso.co.za/

 

People/Organisations

EyeQ, Torga Optical, SpecSavers

Books

The Wills of the Eye Manual: Office and Emergency Room Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Disease by Justis P. Ehlers, Chirag P. Shah, Gregory L. Fenton, Eliza N. Hoskins

Optics, Retinoscopy, and Refractometry by Al Lens

 

 

Bursary Opportunities

Department of Health EC/GP/LP/NW/KZN, Netcare, Department of Correctional Services, HCI foundation Bursaries

 


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