Want to be an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist? Would you like to work in eye clinics and optical shops, as well as some ophthalmic treatment centers?
To have access to positions as optometrist requires a Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Optometry/ Doctor of Optometry, a minimum of three (3) years course duration; you also will need a minimum of two (2) years’ experience post certification.
Ophthalmologists have specialized medical degrees and need to be Board Certified for the majority of the positions open to them. Several clinics look for candidates who are certified through foreign boards: American, Canadian, German Fachartz.
But what is the difference between Optometry and Ophthalmology?
An optometrist is a health care professional heavily involved in eye-and vision-care. They don’t graduate from medical schools but have specialized degrees that allow them to perform comprehensive eye examination in order to detect and treat various visual abnormalities. An optometrist can recognize early signs of potential vision loss or disorders, prescribes glasses, and can help with care before and after surgery.
An ophthalmologist is a professional who has graduated from medical school and provides comprehensive care for eyes. This professional is not only able to detect eye diseases and abnormalities but can also treat all conditions affecting patients. Ophthalmologists can perform surgeries like Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery or Medical, Laser and Surgical Treatment of Glaucoma, and, in some cases, are even trained to perform minor plastic surgery interventions around the eyes to smooth wrinkles or correct eyelids. Corrective eye surgeries such as Lasik and Lasek/PRK offer quick, effective and life-changing results for people.
In addition to the requirements of their particular jobs and professional figures, optometrists and ophthalmologists, and all healthcare professionals in general, must hold an active DHA license as per the Professionals Qualification Requirements (PQR) and obviously work within their scope of practice.
Be sure to keep up with new technology developments and provisions of optometry services through conventions. Events like the 2nd International Conference on Eye and Vision: December 06-07, 2017 | Dubai. World Eye and Vision Congress: September 06-08, 2018 | Dubai. Theme: The progressions of Ophthalmology and Vision Science. Those in attendance will come familiar with ways to
- Protect Your Eyes with vision correction through eyeglasses and contact lens prescriptions written by optometrists and ophthalmologists.
- Reduce Your Risk of Cataracts or Glaucoma by undergoing Ophthalmic surgeries which can be of various types which include laser eye surgery, cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, etc.
- Improve You Vision with surgery performed on the eye or its adnexa, normally by an ophthalmologist.Opportunities might increase in the future, so be ready!
The Government of Abu Dhabi has allocated healthcare funding for the health of the eyes and has budgeted for VISION 2020 strategies—i.e. to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness by the year 2020. This means that more and more approved eye-care projects will be devised to increase prevention to include treatment activities and plans for training new optometrists. There’s particular emphasis on integrating optometrists into primary eye care programs.
Opportunities might increase in the future, so be ready!