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Iowa Workforce Development Center
(515) 576-3131
Three Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, IA
 
Merredeth Executive Recruiting Resources, Inc.
401 4th Ave N
Dakota City, IA

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Patricia Rock, CPRW
(800) 850-5077
1612 9th Street, N.W.
Clinton, IA
 
Iowa Workforce Development Center - Manchester
(563) 927-4447
233 West Main
Manchester, IA
 
Workforce Development Center - Cherokee
(712) 225-2274
923 S. Second St.
Cherokee, IA
 
Iowa Works
(515) 332-2145
203 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Dakota City, IA
 
Iowa Workforce Development Center
(515) 832-5261
403 Elm Street
Webster City, IA
 
Labor Solutions
(563) 355-0483
5173 Utica Ridge Rd
Davenport, IA
 
Construction Update Plan Room Network
(515) 288-8904
221 Park St
Des Moines, IA
 
Iowa Workforce Development Center
(515) 576-3131
Three Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, IA
 
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Optometrist

How to become an Optometrist

An optometrist is a doctor who examines patients for various eye diseases or abnormal eye conditions. While in high school, prospective optometric students should concentrate on the basic sciences including chemistry, physics and biology, as well as English and mathematics.

After graduation from high school, achieving a career as an optometrist requires 3 years of pre-optometric study at a college before being able to apply to an accredited optometry school.

Admission into optometry school is competitive and once accepted students face a 4 year program in order to obtain a Doctor of Optometry degree. Students must also successfully pass exams administered by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.

The arduous training ensures that an optometrist is knowledgeable and ready to perform a variety of techniques on their patients.

The term optometrist is sometimes confused with 'optician' and 'ophthalmologist'. An optician is neither trained nor responsible for any type of eye exam; they help a patient choose eye glass frames and adjust them to fit correctly. An ophthalmologist is the only professional in the field that is licensed to perform eye surgery.

What does an Optometrist do?

An optometrist is a medical doctor who provides vision care to their patients while specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. An optometrist examines a patient's eyes to diagnose such conditions as farsightedness and nearsightedness as well as testing depth and color perception, the focusing ability of a patient and coordination of the eyes.

Optometrists are able to prescribe contact lenses and eyeglasses. They can also test for and diagnose diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Optometrists can also provide care to patients that have had corrective or other eye surgeries.

Most optometrists choose to have solo private practices as general optometrists. They can also specialize in dealing with the elderly, children, or patients requiring special visual care such as partially-sighted persons.

In a solo practice situation an optometrist may also be responsible for the running of the business in regards to staffing, building a client base and possibly the day-to-day operations of the business. In 2004, the American Optometric Association stated that optometrists worked an average of 49 hours per week while attending to 38 patients in total.

According to the United States Department of Labor, there were over 33,000 optometrists working in the United States in 2006.

What skills or qualities do I need to become an Optometrist?

Good vision, a basic interest in science and a desire to help people are integral parts of the job. Becoming an optometrist requires a keen eye for detail along with good manual dexterity.

Optometrists must be well coordinated, quick thinkers and able to pay great attention to detail along with being committed to both learning and con...

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