Major Group: 2 - Professionals | Sub-Major Group: 25 - Health Professionals | Minor Group: 251 - Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals | Unit Group: 2514 - Optometrists and Orthoptists
Description: Performs eye examinations and vision tests to determine the presence of visual, ocular and other abnormalities, ocular diseases and systemic diseases with ocular manifestations, and prescribes lenses, other optical aids, therapy and medication to correct and manage vision problems and eye diseases. Registration or licensing is required.
Skill Level 1 : Occupations at Skill Level 1 have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
UNIT GROUP 2514: OPTOMETRISTS AND ORTHOPTISTS
Description: Perform eye examinations and vision tests, prescribe lenses, other optical aids and therapy, and diagnose and manage eye movement disorders and associated sensory problems.
Skill Level: Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Registration or licensing is required.
examining patients' eyes and setting tests to determine the nature and extent of vision problems and abnormalities
assessing ocular health and visual function by measuring visual acuity and refractive error, and testing the function of visual pathways, visual fields, eye movements, freedom of vision and intraocular pressure, and performing other tests using special eye test equipment
detecting, diagnosing and managing eye disease, referring patients to, and receiving referrals from other health providers, and prescribing medications for the treatment of eye disease
diagnosing eye movement disorders and defects of binocular function
prescribing lenses, contact lenses and low vision aids, and checking suitability and comfort
prescribing exercises to coordinate movement and focusing of eyes
managing programs for eye movement disorders, and instructing and counselling patients in the use of corrective techniques and eye exercises
advising on visual health matters such as contact lens care, vision care for the elderly, optics, visual ergonomics, and occupational and industrial eye safety
conducting preventative screening programs
conducting rehabilitation programs for the visually impaired