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Optometrists specialise in correcting problems with vision.  As an optometrist, you will perform a number of tests on your patients in order to diagnose and treat defects in vision, injury or ocular diseases. This can the eyes to detect defects or abnormalities in vision, signs of injury and ocular diseases. As primary health care specialists they can diagnose, offer advice and prescribe glasses, contact lenses or other optical aids to correct patient’s issues with their vision. 

Required Qualifications

To become an optometrist in South Africa, you will need the following qualifications:

  1. Certificate (National Senior Certificate /NC(V)) 
  2. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Science in Optometry)

Required Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

NSC/NC(V) Entry requirements for optometry in South Africa may differ according to the educational institution; however, the following subjects are usually recommended:

Duration of Study:

Optometrists in South Africa typically study for more than 4 years.

Employment Opportunities

Optometrists in South Africa often work in clinics, hospitals or go into private practice.

In order to work in this field, you will have to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

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