1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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2384-11 Optometrist

Performs eye examinations and vision tests to determine the presence of visual, ocular and other abnormalities, and prescribes lenses, other optical aids or therapy.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • examines patients' eyes and sets visual tests to determine the nature and extent of vision problems and abnormalities
  • prescribes and may dispense lenses, contact lenses and low vision aids and check suitability and comfort
  • detects, diagnoses and manages eye disease and refers patients to, and receives referrals from other health providers
  • provides advice on visual issues such as contact lens care, vision-care of the elderly, optics, visual ergonomics, occupational and industrial eye safety and research
  • may dispense lenses, contact lenses and low vision aids
  • may advise patients on eye exercises to correct defective eye muscles and on lighting and visual habits

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