Optometrist Course and Career Info Description
To be an optometrist, you need to have a degree in Doctor of Optometry and pass your licensure examination conducted b the Professional Regulations Commission or PRC. This four-year college course will teach you in detail the structures of the eyes, its anatomy and physiology, visual perception, and drugs and medications for the eyes. This will also teach you about optical dispensing as well as the optometry skills you need to practice this profession. Of note; you should not confuse an optometrist from an ophthalmologist. The optometrist is responsible for primary vision care such as correcting and managing vision problems through the use of corrective lenses, while the ophthalmologist deals with diagnosing eye diseases such as glaucoma, retinal diseases, and corneal diseases and treating the eye diseases and illnesses medically.
Cost of Education:
The full college course of Doctor in Optometry will cost you about P450,000, although the cost depends upon the institution.
Top Universities for Course:
- Centro Escolar University
- Cebu Doctors’ University in Cebu
- Pines City Colleges in Baguio City
- Manila Central University
- Southwestern University in Cebu City
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Course Skills and Factors
- Good eye-hand coordination with excellent arm-hand steadiness
- Excellent vision
- Attentiveness and alertness in recognizing there is a problem
- Good knowledge in optical anatomy and physiology as well as optics and visions
- Analytical mind and skill with attention to detail
- Good communication skills, both written and verbal
- Skill in giving directions, both written and verbal
- Excellent rapport with patients
- The main responsibility of an optometrist is to examine the patient’s eyes and diagnosing vision problems through the use of equipments and tools such as ophthalmoscope as well as biomicroscopes. He is also responsible for prescribing corrective lenses such as glasses and contact lenses if there are problems. For eye problems such as ocular diseases, it is his responsibility to refer the patient to an ophthalmologist.
Career Outlook and Global Demand
The Middle East is hiring Filipino optometrists. Some countries that hire optometrists from the Philippines are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar. Papua New Guinea also hires optometrist from the country.
Optometrist 1 usually earns around P10,500 monthly, while optometrist 2 earns about P13,500 monthly. In private practice, optometrists can earn anywhere from P25,000 to as high as P40,000.
Opportunities for Advancement:
If you want to further your career as an optometrist, you can take up further studies to become an ophthalmologist. This will open up doors for you, especially if you specialize in eye surgery.