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Optometrists
District Of Columbia

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Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions.

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Currently Employed: 80

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $41.86 - $65.54

Typical Annual Salary: $87,100 - $136,300

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Doctoral or professional degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Examine eyes, using observation, instruments and pharmaceutical agents, to determine visual acuity and perception, focus and coordination and to diagnose diseases and other abnormalities such as glaucoma or color blindness.
  • Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses and other vision aids.
  • Analyze test results and develop a treatment plan.
  • Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases if state laws permit.
  • Remove foreign bodies from the eye.
  • Prescribe therapeutic procedures to correct or conserve vision.
  • Educate and counsel patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements and safety factors.
  • Consult with and refer patients to ophthalmologist or other health care practitioner if additional medical treatment is determined necessary.
  • Provide patients undergoing eye surgeries, such as cataract and laser vision correction, with pre- and post-operative care.
  • Provide vision therapy and low vision rehabilitation.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Eye charts or vision cards
  • Eye occluders
  • Ophthalmic eye test lenses or accessories
  • Ophthalmic lens holders
  • Opticians tools or accessories

Technology:
  • Accounting software
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Medical software
  • Word processing software

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