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Cherry Health is recognized as the ultimate resource for insights into the healthcare industry. Whether you are searching for optometrist job listings, interested in understanding the pathway to becoming an optometrist, or curious about the daily tasks involved in this profession, we have the information you need.

Alongside finding new jobs, our platform also covers the potential earnings and the necessary qualifications for becoming an optometrist. Continue reading to delve deeper into each of these topics for comprehensive information.

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How much do optometrists make?

In Canada, an optometrist typically earns an annual salary of around $156,884 or approximately $75 per hour. Starting salaries for entry-level roles in Canada begin at $87,500 annually, with salaries for the most experienced professionals reaching up to $180,000 annually. The hourly wage averages at $68 and a annual average salary between $35,320 to $156,000 in Ontario. In Alberta, $136,250 is the average annual salary range, or $66 an hour. $63 an hour is average in British Columbia, which is an average of between $120,000 to $140,000. The average hourly compensation in the Maritimes is from $100,000 to $130,000 or around $62 an hour. In the Northwest Territories, the salary is from $140,000 to $159,000 annually, or around $75 an hour.

How to become an optometrist 

Pursuing a career as an optometrist in Canada requires commitment, spanning approximately 8-9 years, including a 4 year Doctor of Optometry degree and potentially a 1 year residency for specialized training. The journey begins with earning a bachelor's degree focused on sciences, followed by passing the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), which assesses knowledge in areas like physics and natural sciences, among other application requirements. Afterward, aspiring optometrists must complete their optometry degree, available at the University of Waterloo in Ontario or Université de Montréal Optometry in Montreal. Next, pass the National Board of Examiners in the Optometry exam before obtaining their license to practice, marking the start of their professional journey.

Connect with other optometrists on the Cherry Health network

Cherry Health provides optometrists with opportunities to connect with fellow professionals in the field. By connecting with other optometrists with our in app messaging, interacting with prospective employers and peers, and staying informed on the latest industry trends, you have the chance to broaden your professional connections and propel your career forward in healthcare. Register for a complimentary account today to seize these opportunities and enhance your professional development. Start networking here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an optometrist?

Optometrists are key healthcare providers specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and vision problems, performing comprehensive eye exams to detect any issues. Optometrists hold a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from optometry school, rather than a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO) degree, optometrists focus exclusively on eye care, examining, diagnosing, and treating conditions that impact vision and eye health. 

What do optometrists do?

Optometrists play a crucial role in maintaining eye health and ensuring clear vision for individuals of all ages. As primary eye care professionals, they conduct comprehensive eye examinations to detect and manage various eye conditions and diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Beyond diagnosing and treating vision problems, optometrists prescribe corrective lenses and provide personalized advice on eye care and preventive measures. They also collaborate with other healthcare professionals to address systemic health issues that manifest in the eyes, such as hypertension and diabetes. By staying at the forefront of technological advancements and continually updating their knowledge, optometrists enhance their ability to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care, ultimately contributing to the overall well-being and quality of life of their patients.

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