A Doctor of Optometry must complete a 3-4 year Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) and a 4-year Doctor of Optometry degree (O.D.) before successfully passing the Canadian National Optometry Board Exam.
Optometrists provide the vast majority of primary vision care services in Alberta. They:
- Examine, assess, measure and diagnose disorders and diseases of the human visual system, the eye and its associated structures.
- Recognize and detect related systemic conditions.
- Treat, manage and correct disorders and diseases of the human visual system, the eye and its associated structures.
- Prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses and low vision devices.
- Diagnose, treat and manage binocular and perceptual vision disorders.
- Conduct research and promote education in the vision sciences.
- Must maintain their skill set and level of competency by completing the requirements of the Continuing Competence Program through continuing education courses, participating in an on-site practice review on a regular basis and practicing a minimum number of days in each 3-year competency period.
Optometrists will sometimes co-manage with ophthalmologists (Eye MD) for more complex cases.