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Job Description

Optometrists are health professionals that specialise in examining their patients’ eyes to diagnose, monitor, and provide solutions for improving their vision and prevent or treat eye diseases.


A qualified optometrist can earn an estimated $65,000+ per year.

Work Hours

Optometrists usually work normal business hours.

Study length

Becoming an optometrist requires 6 years of training.

To become an Optometrist, you need to:

Complete the first year of the Bachelor of Science degree
Complete a Bachelor of Optometry
Have an Annual Practicing Certificate.
Complete and register through the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board

A few specialised roles an Optometrist could work in:

Contact lenses
Diabetic management
Geriatric and low vision
Binocular vision
Children’s eye care

Want to learn more about the different opportunities studying optometry can supply?

Check out the University of Auckland Vision Bus Aotearoa is on a mission to improve access to eye healthcare.

Source: Optometrist. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2022, from