Optometrist

Do you ever feel that your life is just a blur and you’re not seeing things clearly? Well, that could.


Do you ever feel that your life is just
a blur and you’re not seeing things clearly? Well, that could be because of this
fast paced day and age we’re living in. Or, it could be because your
eyesight is the issue. If that’s the case, then look
no further than an Optometrist. They could be the answer to
your clouded vision. And today, I’m having a chat with one,
to discover why this could be an eye opening career
for you, and, maybe I’ll get my eyes checked at the same time. Optometrists do more than just
prescribe glasses and contact lenses. They also diagnose and treat eye
diseases and disorders, perform tests, and provide patients with
exercises which can enhance their eyesight. Optometrists are the ones who provide
primary care for your vision. Kate, hi, I’m Rebecca. – Hi Rebecca, nice to meet you.
– You too. Now, I’ve got some questions on
what it’s like to be an optometrist. Of course, come through and we’ll
have a chat. OK Rebecca, so what would you
like to know? Kate, you work with some really
cool looking equipment, as an optometrist, what do
you actually do? So, optometrists help people to see, we will assess vision and prescribe glasses
and contact lenses, and sometimes eye exercises. We’re also concerned with the health
of your eyes, so, we’ll examine your eyes and provide
advice on eye care and eye health. And, what’s your job like?
What do you get up to on a typical day? We’ll have a scheduled book of
appointments to see, and sometimes we’ll get some
walk-in patients, sometimes there’ll be emergencies,
things that we need to see straight away, like, an eye injury or an eye infection. What made you decide that you wanted
to be an optometrist? It’s a great job! We get to work with people of all ages,
from kids, right up to seniors, and, it’s really wonderful helping
people to see better everyday to see more clearly
and more comfortably. Recently qualified optometrists can actually
diagnose and prescribe some eye medication now as well, so, it’s quite rewarding
and quite varied. And what would you say the most
difficult part of your job is? Definitely time management, and most optometrists will have to work on
weekends which is a bit of a pain sometimes. What advice would you give to someone if
they were looking to be an optometrist? Go and get your eyes tested,
because you’ll have a better understanding
of what it is that we do everyday. OK Kate, now it’s time to give us the edge,
you ready? OK. If you could list, from school to now, what steps does somebody need to take,
to be an optometrist? Study hard, get good marks in high school, Western Australian students will need to
move over east to study at university. And the courses are anything from a three and a half
year accelerated degree, right up until a seven year degree,
depending on where you study. And what characteristics are best suited
in this job to be successful? Good communication skills are
pretty important and, you really need to enjoy working
with people and helping people. And I think being a bit of a perfectionist is
good when you are measuring and prescribing glasses. And if you could do one thing differently, but
still end up where you are today, what would it be? When I was in university, we had an opportunity
to go to Mexico and do some aid work, and I’m still a little bit sad not to have gone because
I think it would have been a really amazing experience. -So travel, travel, travel?
-Yep, definitely. Well thank you so much for having a chat with
me today Kate, that’s awesome. You’re welcome. If you could see yourself being an optometrist,
head to the Career Centre’s website, for investigation, exploration and
planning your next step. – So Kate, what’s the verdict?
– Perfect. Excellent!

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