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.
Information courtesy of: http://www.collegeofoptometrists.ab.ca/a-igp.asp