Community optometrist

Working in a small independent optometrists or for a large national organisation, you'll be carrying out eye examinations, giving advice on visual problems and prescribing glasses, contact lenses and low vision aids. You'll also be trained to detect eye disease and underlying health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

You will be working with all sorts of people from the local community - from the very young to the very elderly - and with all sorts of conditions and requirements. So you'll need a full range of clinical, professional and personal skills to ensure that you deliver the very best in patient care.

You could also work as a domiciliary optometrist - making sure that those who can't visit the examining room can still receive high quality eye health care in their homes, care homes or community and day centres. Your patients may have dementia, learning difficulties or physical disabilities, so you’ll be using a range of specialised skills in order to communicate effectively and deliver a thorough eye examination in a way that meets their particular needs.