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Optometry is the medical science of eyesight. The industry specialises in the health of people’s eyes, and determining what can be done to correct problems with vision. Often this involves helping people get the glasses they need, but it can include more intricate work in cases of diseases of the eye.
As optometry requires scientific understanding about eyesight, most roles will require a degree that’s been approved by the General Optical Council (GOC). However, some positions, like dispensing opticians, will require less specific degrees. Plus, dispensing opticians are the ones who get to help people decide what style of glasses to get, so it’s great if you’ve got a sense of style, too.
The optometry industry incorporates high street opticians, hospitals and eye clinics, so there are lots of opportunities with different work patterns. A high-street optician may require regular 9am-5pm hours, while hospital work will be done in shifts. This means you can choose a place in the industry with work hours that most appeal to you.
The work will be very similar across these different areas of the industry. You’ll usually be meeting patients, conducting eye tests and prescribing the right treatment or glasses prescription.