Optometrists are health professionals who diagnose and treat vision
problems and diseases of the eye. An optometrist is not a medical doctor, but
rather a doctor of optometry (OD).
Optometrists can perform routine vision testing, prescribe
eyeglasses and contact lenses, diagnose vision problems and eye disease,
prescribe medicines to treat some diseases of the eye, and provide care
before and after eye surgery.
Optometrists must complete 4 years of school at an accredited university optometry program and take the national Canadian Standards Assessment in Optometry (CSAO) exam. They are licensed by the province or territory in which they practice.
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