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Optometrists enjoy being part of a highly respected and progressive profession.

Optometrists are the major providers of primary eye care in the UK. They are trained healthcare professionals who examine eyes to investigate sight defects and detect and manage ocular disease and general health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes. They subsequently prescribe and supply glasses, contact lenses and low vision aids, or refer to other healthcare professionals when appropriate.

Career prospects

Qualified optometrists can choose a career in private practice, the hospital eye service, universities conducting research and teaching or various options in industry. Registration also opens possibilities to work abroad as an optometry qualification from the UK is highly regarded worldwide.

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Undergraduate teaching clinic

Our graduates' success

Our graduates consistently achieve 100% pre-registration employment, with many employers knowing they will be well trained. The pass rate in the professional examinations has consistently been higher for Cardiff University graduates than for those from the other optometry schools across the UK.

As of 2017, 100% of our graduates were in employment within six months of graduation while others were in engaged in further study or taking time out to travel. Employers included: large high street optometry practices, smaller independent high street practices, universities, various NHS Trusts, and industry. Many of our graduates go on to open and manage their own optometry practice. You can find out more about the roles of an optometrist on the College of Optometrists website.

School of Optometry and Vision Eye Clinic
School of Optometry and Vision Eye Clinic

How do I become an Optometrist?

To qualify for registration with the General Optical Council, optometrists must:

  1. Study at university for at least three years in order to gain a BSc Optometry degree.
  2. With a 2:2 degree, or higher and sign off of competency by the awarding university, students can then enter the pre-registration period governed by the College of Optometrists (subject to visa regulations).
  3. Successful completion of the pre-registration period (training placement) completes the registration process.