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Locum Tenens Optometrist Jobs. If you were to take a poll on which of the five senses are most important to people, sight would probably be high on the list. Eyesight is invaluable for everyday tasks like walking through a doorway or driving a car and also for pleasures like watching a sunset, reading a book or a viewing a film. That’s why an optometrist’s job is so important. “We want to help patients achieve their best vision on a day-to-day basis,” says Teri Geist, communication chair of the American Optometric Association and a practicing optometrist.
Optometrists meet with patients and perform different tests to determine common eyesight issues, such as near- or farsightedness, for which they can prescribe glasses or contacts. They can also test patients for eye diseases, such as glaucoma, for which they can prescribe medicines. Optometrists can also perform vision therapy for other issues, such as eye-movement or eye-tracking problems. Sometimes optometrists run across a problem like diabetic retinopathy, which is symptomatic of a systemic problem like diabetes.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the profession will grow by about 27 percent, or 11,000 new jobs, from 2014 to 2024. Aging baby boomers, who are more likely to have vision problems or conditions like macular degeneration, are helping to drive the expected employment growth. But so are people with chronic health issues like diabetes, who rely on optometrists to monitor and treat the way their disease affects their vision. Health care reform should also affect hiring demand.
$101,410 Median Salary
0.7% Unemployment Rate
11,000 Number of Jobs