Optometrists (NOC 3121)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Optometrists examine eyes, prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses.

People in this occupation

  • recommend treatments such as exercises to correct vision problems or eye disorders
  • work in private practice, clinics and community health centres
Watch the video below to see what a day in the life of a optometrist is like.
Common job titles
  • OD (doctor of optometry)
  • optometrist



  • examine patients' eyes, conduct tests and use ophthalmoscopes, biomicroscopes and other specialized instruments to assess visual health
  • prescribe treatment (excluding surgery) to maintain, improve and correct vision and other visual disorders
  • prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses
  • advise patients on contact lens use and care, visual hygiene, preventive care and maintenance, lighting arrangements, working distances and safety factors
  • refer patients to ophthalmologists or other physicians and surgeons for treatment of optical or other diseases or conditions

Special duties

Optometrists may specialize in fitting visual aids for people who are partially blind, fitting contact lenses or correcting special vision problems.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work generally takes place in a private practice, clinic or community health environment.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

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