Optometrists :

Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $88,220.00
Average Time to Fill 44 days
Typical Education Doctoral or professional degree
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 462
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 17.46 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Customer Service
Oral Communication
Written Communication
Work Ethic
Intellectual Risk-taking
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Following Directions

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Conduct noninvasive medical diagnostic assessments
Conduct invasive medical diagnostic assessments
Test patient vision
Conduct medical tests
Treat chronic diseases or disorders
Solve clinical problems
Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries
Treat medical condition of patient
Develop medical treatment plans
Perform emergency medical procedures
Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources
Administer medical injections
Fit vision aids such as eyeglasses or contact lenses

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Prescribe medication
Recommend medical devices, drugs, or treatments
Prescribe treatments or therapies
Prescribe assistive medical devices or treatments
Diagnose conditions of the eye
Diagnose medical conditions
Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests
Implement sanitation practices in health care settings

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Dispensing Patients Medication
Patient Evaluation

Related Licensing Requirements

Optometric Legend Drug Certificate (18-0000000108)

IC 25-24-3-13 Application requirements Sec. 13. An optometrist who applies for a certificate to administer, dispense, and prescribe legend drugs must meet the following requirements: (1) Apply in the form and manner prescribed by the board. (2) Provide proof of education in ocular pharmacology from a school or college of optometry or medicine approved by the optometry board. (3) Pass the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (TMOD) examination that is sponsored by the International Association of Boards of Examiners in Optometry (IAB) and administered by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. (4) Pay the fee established by the board.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana Optometry Board (3172342054)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/opt.htm

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