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Mat-Su Job Center
(907) 352-2500
877 W. Commercial Drive
Wasilla, AK
 
Eagle River Job Center
(907) 696-6832
11723 Old Glenn Hwy., B-4
Eagle River, AK
 
Y-K Delta Job Center
(907) 543-2210
460 Ridgecrest Dr., Suite 112
Bethel, AK
 
Anchorage Job Center Midtown
(907) 269-4759
3301 Eagle Street, Suite 101
Anchorage, AK
 
Culinary Workers Local No 878
(907) 452-2332
1211 Cushman St Ste 204
Fairbanks, AK
 
Mike Denbleyker/ Herbalife
(907) 745-6257
PO Box 1622
Palmer, AK

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Alaska Public Employees Association/Aft
(907) 456-2732
825 College Rd
Fairbanks, AK
 
Sitka Job Center
(907) 747-3423
304 Lake Street., Room 101
Sitka, AK
 
Inlandboatman'S Union Of The Pacific Alaska Region
(907) 790-9645
230 Seward St
Juneau, AK
 
International Union Of Operating Engineers Local 302
(907) 586-3850
9309 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK
 
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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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