About Optometry

Duty as an optometrist:

  • To keep your patients' eye, vision and general health your first priority.
     
  • To respect the rights and dignity of patients regarding their health care decisions.
     
  • To advise your patients whenever consultation with, or referral to, another optometrists or other health professional is appropriate.
     
  • To ensure confidentiality and privacy of patients' health and other personal information.
     
  • To strive to ensure that all people have access to eye and vision care.
     
  • To maintain and advance your professional knowledge and skills.
     
  • To maintain your practice in accordance with professional health care standards.
     
  • To promote ethical and cordial relationships with all members of the health care community.
     
  • To maintain the dignity, honour and integrity of the optometric profession.


* According to the Legislation, Registration and Standards Committee code of conduct for WCO (World Council of Optometry) members.

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Chester Jones said...

Good to know. It's a nice little creed that you've posted. Things like this help people understand that the profession isn't just about making money and getting the job done as quickly as possible.

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Claudia Rosenburg said...

I love this simple post about the duties of an optometrist. I love going to my optometrist because I always feel like they have my best interests at heart. I hope I feel that way with any optometrist I go to!
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katysewell12 said...

I have found that going to the optometrist is very important. A few of my siblings have gone a long time without an appointment, and when they finally go in, they realize how bad their vision has become. I was able to talk my sister in to setting up an appointment with an optometrist in Gulf Shores, AL. Hopefully her prescription hasn't changed too much. http://www.terrezzaoptical.com/ourservices.html

Stacey Beck said...

My eyes have been really dry lately and I don't know what to do for them. Can an optometrist give me eye drops that will help? I have tried getting some just from the grocery store and they didn't really seem to work very well. He might have something better.

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Alena Mauer said...

I need to go get my eyes checked. They have been really dry lately, and blurry sometimes when I try to focus on something far away. I am hoping that I just need eye drops or something and I am not starting to have eye trouble. I have always had perfect eye sight so it would be sad.

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Courtney Galler said...

My poor little sister is needing to see an optometrist here in the near future. She's scared to death, but felt better after reading your article on the different duties. We're hoping for better eyesight soon.
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Thiago daLuz said...

My cousin is going to the optometrist this week. She's probably going to get a prescription for glasses. She's pretty lucky to have a specialist so close by. Thiago | http://www.northtceoptom.com.au

Claire Reynolds said...

Thanks for sharing. It's nice to know the duties of an optometrist. It helps me know what to look for in a professional. I know if I find an optometrist who can strive to achieve all of these goals then I will have a doctor I can trust and rely on.

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Yan Kah Luke said...

After that? where can you further your study? why choose Optimist

Jerry Boggs said...

It doesn't surprise me that optometrists adhere to such a rigid code of ethics. They provide an invaluable service to the public. I had a contact exam last week, and I was stunned by how bad my vision is. Without corrective lenses, I would be missing out on a lot.

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Bill Li said...

It's good to know information about the responsibilities that come with being an optometrist. I have to go to the optometrist every year for an eye exam. Why is it that optometrists invert your eye lid in eye exams? Does anyone else have an optometrist who does this? I've always wondered what the purpose of inverting your eyelid was.
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Jamal Owens said...

My mom is a nurse to an optometrist, and she loves her job. These services do so much for the overall eye health of so many people. They do so much to help people with sight problems, but they also help others who already have good eye sight maintain that good eye sight.

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Nancy Jorden said...

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Zach Thalman said...

I think it is important to let people know what your duties are. Sometimes we don't understand what the optometrist actually does. I think if you have a statement like this or even educate your patients, they will know what your duties are and help you hold yourself to those duties.

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Hanna Mae said...

Since I was 5 I had an eye doctor. There are so many branches and studies within the study of the eye. I am glad to know what the optometrist exactly does. Thanks for the information! http://www.tonywangoptometry.ca/en/

Brooke Bowen said...

I had no idea that one of the duties of an optometrist was to refer a patient to another optometrist or other health professional if appropriate. I always thought an optometrist was the one was always referred. I guess I can understand that, if they couldn't fix the problem, someone else may be able to help the patient. That's really interesting! http://www.baldwinopticalandhearing.com/vision.html

Lewis Remington said...

I agree that it's important to strive to ensure all people have access to eye and vision care. Many people can't afford eye or vision care, meaning that they never get the proper treatment or solutions to problems. Not being able to focus your eyes, or having everything appear blurry all the time, and knowing it will never change would be awful. http://www.lindenoptometry.com

Eugene Dean said...

I like the fifth duty that you listed. I think that every optometrist should strive to ensure that all people have access to eye care. I did not have my first eye exam until I was in the third grade. I was performing very poorly at school because I could not see the chalkboard clearly. After I started wearing glasses, my grades improved. I don't think any child should have to go through this experience.

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Lewis Remington said...

I think it would be great to have those points outlined on the wall of my optometrists office, or even in my own office with a few modifications to my business rather than that of an optometrist. It's really important in the professional world to maintain a level of performance and service. I know I want to be able to trust my optometrist to do so, just as much as I hold myself to doing so. http://www.moderneyez.net

Quin Trent said...

Even though you only listed nine things that an optometrist does and how to know, they still do more than this. These are just the many things that they have to do for their clients. It is a good thing to that they have to meet all these requirements to help people out like they do. That way their clients can know that they are in good hands.
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Roger Pace said...

I'm at a point in college career where I need to decide what I want to do with my life. After doing some research, I want to do something in the medical field and have been looking into different medical jobs to learn more about them. This helped me understand what optometrists do, and I can't wait to learn more about them.

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Emily Smith said...

This is just the information I was looking for about optometrists. My sister has been thinking of becoming an optometrist. I had no idea that they needed to meet certain professional health care standards. I will have to show this to my sister. I am sure she would find it interesting.
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