How to become an optometrist

Most optometrists complete a BSc in Optometry, and then develop their practical skills through a year of assessed clinical training in practice, called the Scheme for Registration. If they pass the final assessment they are fully qualified and can register as an optometrist with the General Optical Council. The learning doesn’t stop there though! All optometrists commit to continual professional development throughout their career to maintain their professional status. And many will take higher qualifications so that they can work in specialised areas.