Optometry as a Career

Optometry can be an interesting, rewarding and yet challenging career choice. To be successful requires a mix of knowledge and skills:

  • Technical and medical knowledge
  • Human interaction skills
  • Some degree of commercial acumen

At present optometry operates entirely in the private sector in practices throughout the country. Some are individual independent practices and others are part of a corporate network of practices. Regardless of the employment type the role of the optometrists is to undertake full eye examinations, including ocular health, produce an accurate prescription and handle or supervise the dispensing of spectacles or contact lenses to their patients.

At present there is no formal role for optometrists in the public sector but this is likely to change over time. In the UK most Hospital Ophthalmic Departments employ optometrists.

There is only one optometry course in Ireland which is in the Dublin Institute of Technology. It is a four-year BSc degree course. Click here to link to DIT.

Click on the attachment below to see an article written by two optometry students from DIT Kevin Street, published in the recent edition of RADHARC Journal.

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