Requirements:-A degree in optical theory, eye physiology, lens technology, ophthalmic dispensing, and laboratory sessions.
Good communication skills.
-Able to explain treatment to patients.
-Organisational skill, teamworking, self-motivation, maturity, patience, confidence, resilience and diplomatic.
-Attention to detail.Responsibilities:-Gaining case histories from patients.
-Observing and checking patients- vision.
-Making use of specialist equipment.
-Referring patients to doctors for specialist treatment or surgery.
-Treating vision problems with devices such as patches or specialist glasses.
-Diagnosing sight problems and producing treatment plans.
-Liaising with nursing and medical staff.
-Keeping up to date with new techniques and developments.
-Providing information to patients about diagnoses and required treatment.
-Offering advice about lighting and magnification strategies for patients with low vision.
-Running specialist clinics for issues such as glaucoma, strokes and low vision, supporting rehabilitation or monitoring long-term conditions as appropriate.
-Assessing the vision of babies and small children, including children with special needs.
-Spotting serious conditions of which vision problems can be a symptom, such as tumours or multiple sclerosis.