We rely heavily on our five senses to navigate life: touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight. Each of these senses plays a vital role in our day-to-day lives. Problems with eyesight can have a profound impact on an individual’s life. Through Optometry, many vision problems and eye diseases can be corrected or managed, restoring sight to people from all walks of life.
Optometrists diagnose vision problems, eye diseases and other eye health issues. These highly skilled professionals correct poor vision and manage or slow degenerative eye diseases with corrective lenses, optical aids, therapy or medication.
Careers in Optometry
The demand for qualified optometrists remains steady in Australia and globally, due to ageing and growing populations. There are currently 6,041** registered optometrists in Australia. By 2036 the number of Optometrists is like to increase with Australia’s population projected to reach 32.4 million people.
Across the world, over 2.2 billion people experience vision impairment or blindness***. Access to proper eye care can correct many of these cases through different clinical measures. Sadly, for people living in communities with limited access to health care, treatment for vision problems is often inadequate. There are many opportunities for qualified optometrists to join programs and organisations that provide care to these populations on a short-term or long-term basis.
When you pursue a career as an optometrist, you can choose from many career pathways in a range of settings, including:
- Vision Researcher
- Paediatric Optometrist
- Sports and Workplace Vision Specialist
- Consultant in Ophthalmic Industries