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Additional information

body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss & Team


Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


Either Alone or In a Busy Environment


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. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

  1. NSC/NC(V) 
  2. BSc (Optometry)

Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

NSC/NC(V) Entry requirements may differ according to the educational institution

Recommended subjects:

  • Maths
  • Physical or Life Sciences
  • Biology

Duration of study:

4+ Years


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

Optometrists can work in clinics, hospitals or go into private practice.

Further Information:

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HSPCA)

South African Optometry Association

Educational Institutions offering this qualification:

University of Johannesburg:

University of Limpopo:

University of the Free State:

University of KwaZulu-Natal:

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