Pay for optometrists varies depending on experience and where they work.
Optometrists with one to two years' experience usually earn between $60,000 and $80,000 a year.
Optometrists with three to five years' experience can earn from $80,000 to $120,000.
Optometrists who run their own optometry practice can earn more than this.
Source : NZ Association of Optometrists, 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Optometrists may do some or all of the following :
examine eyes to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases
provide solutions to vision problems, including prescribing glasses and contact lenses
monitor or manage eye diseases, such as allergies, cataracts and glaucoma
prescribe medicines to treat eye diseases
prescribe and fit glasses, contact lenses and other visual aids
advise clients on eyewear products, such as frames
advise on computer set-up and lighting in workplaces
run their own business.
Skills and knowledge
Optometrists need to have knowledge of :
the structure of the eye and how vision works
eye problems and diseases
lenses, contact lenses and frames for glasses
eye examination equipment.
Those running their own practice will need business management skills.
usually work regular business hours
work in clinical rooms, retail optical chains, private practices, hospitals and educational institutes.
To become an optometrist you must :
complete the five-year Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom) at the University of Auckland
be registered with the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board
hold a current Annual Practising Certificate.
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include biology, chemistry, physics, maths and English.
Optometrists need to be :
accurate, with an eye for detail
patient and understanding
able to work with a wide range of clients
good communicators and listeners.
Useful experience for optometrists includes :
work in the health sector
work as an assistant to an optometrist
business management experience
scientific or medical research.
Optometrists need to be registered with the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticains Board, and hold an Annual Practising Certificate.