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What Is An Optometrist Exactly?

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Eye doctor, eye professional, family eye care physician – these are all names used to describe an optometrist. This week we will discuss what exactly is an optometrist and what can they do for you. We hope you enjoy it!


What Qualifies Someone As An Optometrist In Victoria, BC?

An optometrist is an individual who specializes in eyes. They are required to be licensed, which is granted only after completing a Doctor’s of Optometry education as well as practicum experience. This can typically take seven to eight years. Additionally, each candidate must successfully pass an exam in their respective province as well as a national exam, which allows them to register with the College of Optometrists of British Columbia  – the governing body for optometrists in BC. Regular professional development is also required by optometrists to ensure they are kept up-to-date with new findings and among other things like regulations etc..

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What Can An Optometrist Do?

What can an eye doctor do for you? Your local eye physician can do a lot for you, including:

  • Examine your ocular health
  • Assess your vision and provide correction
  • Provide vision therapy
  • Identify non-eye related diseases/conditions
  • Prescribe medication
  • Refer you to a specialist
  • Fit you with corrective lenses and or contact lenses

Your first stop for your eye needs should be your local optometrist. He or she has specialized equipment which other medical providers may or may not have. Additionally, optometrists are able to streamline patient needs when it comes to seeing specialists.

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Optometrist: The Bottom Line

Seeing your optometrist regularly not only ensures your vision is clear but it also ensures your eyes are healthy! Many times symptoms related to serious eye-related and non-eye-related diseases or disorders go unnoticed by patients. It is only when they come in for a regular eye checkup that they are diagnosed. So how important is it to see your optometrist? Very.

Are you in need of an eye doctor? Let us help you! Give us a call or easily book online with Dr. Sharma.

We are your local Victoria, BC Family Eye Care Centre!