Optometrists conduct eye and vision examinations, prescribe spectacles and contact lenses and carry out treatment for eye disorders. Optometrists do not perform surgery.
Optometrists must complete a four or five year university qualification specifically on the eye and its care before they can be registered to practise. Optometrists may also dispense visual appliances, such as glasses and contact lenses, from their own practice. An increasing proportion of the work optometrists do relates to eye disease and problems, which affect the way in which the eyes work together (binocular vision).
For a copy of the Optometrists Association of Australia Patient Rights Charter, please click here.