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Optometrists

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.

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    Work Activities

    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.
    • Analyze test results and develop a treatment plan.
    • Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other vision aids.
    • Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases if state laws permit.
    • Educate and counsel patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements, and safety factors.
    • Remove foreign bodies from the eye.
    • Provide patients undergoing eye surgeries, such as cataract and laser vision correction, with pre- and post-operative care.
    • Consult with and refer patients to ophthalmologist or other health care practitioner if additional medical treatment is determined necessary.
    • Prescribe therapeutic procedures to correct or conserve vision.
    • 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.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Deductive Reasoning

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

    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.

    • Biology

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

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 115000/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 55.29/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,350
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Concern for Others
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • 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

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Medical software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Accounting software

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