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Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions.

    Work Activities
    • Examine eyes, using observation, instruments, and pharmaceutical agents, to determine visual acuity and perception, focus, and coordination and to diagnose diseases and other abnormalities, such as glaucoma or color blindness.
    • Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other vision aids.
    • Analyze test results and develop a treatment plan.
    • Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases if state laws permit.
    • Remove foreign bodies from the eye.
    • Prescribe therapeutic procedures to correct or conserve vision.
    • Educate and counsel patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements, and safety factors.
    • Consult with and refer patients to ophthalmologist or other health care practitioner if additional medical treatment is determined necessary.
    • Provide patients undergoing eye surgeries, such as cataract and laser vision correction, with pre- and post-operative care.
    • Provide vision therapy and low-vision rehabilitation.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge
    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $112,380/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $54.03/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,230
    • Yearly Projected Openings 60
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Opticians tools or accessories
    • Ophthalmic lens holders
    • Ophthalmic eye test lenses or accessories
    • Eye occluders
    • Eye charts or vision cards
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Medical software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Accounting software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.