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In optometry your day will involve examining the health of eyes and offering advice regarding eye health and vision correction. You’d be making a huge difference to people’s lives by helping them to see clearly, or even saving their eyesight.
It’s a high responsibility industry and requires a scientific understanding about the eye and eyesight, so for the majority of roles you’re going to need a relevant degree.
Working in optometry you could be in high street stores, in hospitals, or eye clinics. The working hours may differ depending on which you work in. It is quite common to have to work the weekends in high street stores (like Specsavers) and hospitals may require shift work.
Despite the different environments, the work will be very similar. In a typical day you’ll be meeting patients, conducting eye tests to detect any problems and prescribe the necessary treatments or correctives.
Alternatively you could pursue a teaching role and help to train up the next generation of optometrists.
If your degree is not within optometry and you don’t fancy retraining, you could pursue a career as a dispensing optician. Dispensing opticians are in charge of glasses and contact lens advice, covering both style and how to take care of them.