What is an Optometrist?

An optometrist is an independent primary health care provider who specializes in the examination, diagnosis, treatment, management, and prevention of diseases and disorders of the vision system, the eye and associated structures as well as the diagnosis of related systemic conditions.

There are more than one hundred Doctors of Optometry widely distributed in communities throughout Nova Scotia, providing eye health care to the public. Optometrists examine, diagnose, measure and treat conditions of the eye by any method other than surgery. Optometrists prescribe, fit and apply glasses, contact lenses or other devices to correct, relieve or treat the eye. Other procedures or therapies may be prescribed to monitor and improve vision or eye health. Patients are referred to other health care practitioners as required.

Doctors of Optometry complete a four year professional degree in Optometry and Vision Science, usually after completing a Bachelor's degree in Science. Many Doctors of Optometry complete optional Residency and Fellowship programs as well. All Doctors of Optometry licensed to practice in Nova Scotia are required to continually update their skills through completion of continuing education courses.

For more information about becoming an optometrist: http://www.opto.ca