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Optometrists examine eyes to assess and diagnose ocular diseases and disorders. They prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses and recommend treatments such as exercises to correct vision problems or ocular disorders. They work in private practice, clinics and community health centres. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis (includes video) - Alberta-based occupational information
- Sokanu: Optometrist - career information and videos
- Role of an Optometrist - Canadian Association of Optometrists
- A Day in the Life of an Optometrist - The Princeton Review
- Interview: Optometrist at a family practice and laser eye institute - StudyinCanada.com
The University of Manitoba does not offer training in Optometry, but students may complete their required undergraduate study at the university before applying to an accredited program out of province. View the links below for a list of Canadian and U.S. schools.
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Exploring Optometry Education Options
- Becoming a Doctor of Optometry - Canadian Association of Optometrists
- University of Waterloo School of Optometry - Academic Requirements
- Université de Montréal School of Optometry
- Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (U.S.) - member schools
Labour market information
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- Explore Careers: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - U.S. job outlook
- Eye Care Professionals Salary Survey (Canada) - from Jobs4ECP'S
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- Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)
- Manitoba Association of Optometrists
- American Optometric Association
- American Academy of Optometry
- World Council of Optometry
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