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3121 – Optometrists

Optometrists examine cornea to assess and diagnose ocular diseases and disorders. They prescribe optics and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses and recommend treatments such as exercises to correct vision problems or ocular disorders. They work in private practice, clinics and community health centres.

Optometrist Immigrate to Canada

Optometrists from India are eligible to apply for Express Entry program under Canada Resident.  The NOC code for Optometrist is 3121.  Optometrists examine eyes to assess and diagnose ocular diseases and other disorders.  To immigrate to Canada as Optometrist you must have minimum two years of experience along with degree.  They work in private practice clinics and community health centres. Optometrist can immigrate to Canada as per below programs.

Express Entry system

 

Optometrist jobs in Canada

Optometrists, chiropractors and other health diagnosing jobs are increasing the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 19,700 , while 15,400 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

Is Indian optometry degree valid in Canada?

Optometrists are healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care to diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the eyes and visual system. An optometrist is licensed to practice optometry but is not considered a doctor.

What is the average salary of Optometrist in Canada?

The average pay for an Optometrist is $145,680 per year and $72 per hour in Canada. The average salary range for an Optometrist is between $99,247 and $182,158. On average, a Doctorate Degree is the highest level of education for an Optometrist.

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Example titles

  • Doctor of optometry (OD)
  • Optometrist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine patients' eyes, conduct tests and use ophthalmoscopes, biomicroscopes and other specialized instruments to determine ocular health and visual efficiency
  • Prescribe and provide treatment (excluding surgery) to maintain, improve and correct vision and manage other ocular diseases and disorders
  • Prescribe, dispense and fit eyeglasses, contact lenses and other visual aids
  • Educate, counsel and advise patients on contact lens use and care, ocular hygiene, surgical and non-surgical options (optics), and preventive care and maintenance related to occupation and lifestyle
  • Refer patients to ophthalmologists or other physicians and surgeons for treatment of ocular diseases or conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration and systemic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • May prescribe from a limited list of medications.

Optometrists may specialize in fitting visual aids for people who are partially blind, fitting contact lenses or correcting special vision problems.

Employment requirements

  • Three years of university undergraduate studies in sciences and a four- to five-year university program in optometry are required.
  • Licensing by the provincial or territorial regulatory governing body is required.

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