Illustration of a doctor in an exam room working on a computer

You might hire an optometrist to:

  • Diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts
  • Examine the eyes for changes in vision

  • Prescribe, fit, and supply glasses and contact lenses

  • Manage eye injuries

  • Prescribe controlled medications for eye conditions

  • Examine the eyes to detect high blood pressure or diabetes

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Doctor of optometry (OD) degree or equivalent
Excellent written and oral communication skills
State licensure
Flexibility and willingness to work long hours
Knowledge of current optometric theory and technology
Empathy and strong interpersonal skills
Strong communicator with problem-solving ability
Strong organizational skills