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Optometrists


What Optometrists Do 

Optometrists examine the eyes and other parts of the visual system. They also diagnose and treat visual problems and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed.


How to Become an Optometrist
Optometrists must complete a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree program and obtain a license to practice in a particular state. O.D. programs take 4 years to complete, and most students have a bachelor’s degree before entering such a program.


Pay - Outlook
The median annual wage for optometrists was $103,900 in May 2015. Employment of optometrists is projected to grow 27 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. 


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