Requirements to be an Optometrist

An optometrist has lots of background education. Those wishing to advance in a specialized field may study for a master’s or PhD degree in visual science, public health, health information and communication, health administration, health education, neurophysiology, or physiological optics. Applicants should contact clinics, public health agencies, health maintenance organizations, practicing Optometrists, and hospitals (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Openings are sometimes posted in public areas, or you can be self-employed. However, becoming an optometrist is not as easy as it seems.

Becoming an optometrist takes time and hard work. U.S. optometrists generally complete a four year Bachelor’s degree, then a mandatory four year program that leads to an O.D. degree (Optometry). To be licensed, you must earn a Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited Optometry school and pass the appropriate exams administered by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Self-discipline, business ability, and the ability to deal tactfully with patients are important for success. Attention to detail and manual dexterity are also required (Bureau of Labor Statistics).