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Optometrist NOC Numbers3121 Educational Requirements6 years of post-secondary education Occupational Growth RateAbove average occupational growth in Alberta Lifting RequirementsMinimal lifting up to 5 kg approximately 11 lbs Optometrists examine patients eyes diagnose diseases and disorders of the eye and associated structures prescribe and dispense eyeglasses and contact lenses prescribe therapeutic drugs and recommend other non-surgical treatments and interventions Duties In general optometrists measure the eye and visual function prescribe and dispense eyeglasses and contact lenses diagnose diseases and disorders of vision remove foreign bodies from the eye prescribe eye exercises to achieve accurate and comfortable vision undertake rehabilitative intervention for low vision treat certain eye conditions with therapeutic drugs educate and counsel patients about contact lens care visual hygiene lighting arrangements and safety factors and refer patients to other health care professionals when appropriate eg for cataract or laser surgery or when they detect symptoms of systemic disease Working Conditions Optometrists usually work with a receptionist and optometric assistants who complete supervised pre-testing procedures They work in pleasant office environments Most of their working time is spent in artificial light Optometrists are usually self-employed and therefore can determine their working hours Some work evenings and weekends to accommodate patients Once having established a practice optometrists tend to stay in the same locality for the duration of their careers Skills Interests Values Optometrists need the following characteristics the learning ability required to complete the academic requirements good communication skills and the spatial and form perception required to interpret test results and identify visual defects Optometrists usually enjoy operating specialized instruments working with people and analyzing information to make decisions Education Requirements The academic training required takes at least six years to complete In Canada two institutions offer four-year Doctor of Optometry degree programs The University of Waterloo in Ontario offers an optometry degree program in English The current entrance requirements will require at least
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