An optometrist is an independent primary health care provider who specializes in the examination, diagnosis, treatment,
management, and prevention of diseases and disorders of the vision system, the eye and associated structures as well
as the diagnosis of related systemic conditions.
There are more than eighty Doctors of Optometry
widely distributed in communities throughout Nova Scotia, providing eye health care to the public. Optometrists examine,
diagnose, measure and treat conditions of the eye by any method other than surgery. Optometrists prescribe, fit and apply
glasses, contact lenses or other devices to correct, relieve or treat the eye. Other procedures or therapies may be
prescribed to monitor and improve vision or eye health. Patients are referred to other health care practitioners as
Doctors of Optometry complete a four year professional degree in Optometry and Vision Science,
usually after completing a Bachelor's degree in Science. Many Doctors of Optometry complete optional Residency and
Fellowship programs as well. All Doctors of Optometry licensed to practice in Nova Scotia are required to continually
update their skills through completion of continuing education courses.
For more information about
becoming an optometrist:
The Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists awards an annual bursary
to students from Nova Scotia that have been accepted into the first
year of an approved professional optometry program at any accredited
optometry school in Canada or the US. To download the
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