Therefore who is the optometrist ? Opto comes from optics, metrist from a measurement. This is a specialist, who acquired appropriate qualifications and specialises in measuring eye refraction in order to correct visin defect by dispensing ophthalmic or contact lenses. Optometris can also treat binocular vision problems by applying vision therapies, which are specific exercises recovering correct visual system functions. This finishes the powers optometrist in Poland.Kim więc jest optometrysta ? Optometrist is not a doctor so does not diagnose and treat eye diseases . He is a first contact specialist and refers the patient to an ophthalmologist if necessary.
When we come into the office on a sight test we generally have three options:
- first - you hit the ophthalmologist .This is not a bad alternative. At least you are guaranteed that someoene with higher education will determine your spending of 1000 pln or more. Now I reveal a secret. The medical studies program provides only a few hours in the field of vision correction , optics and refraction. Young ophthalmologists acquire the rest of their knowledge in this field during internships, practicing refraction during specialisation or later working professionally. But this is not in any way the reason why young doctors choose this specialisation. They would prefer to deal with the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and not the correction of sight defects with glasses. Therefore , unless they extend their knowledge in this field , they do not know much about this disliked discipline.
- second - you hit the so-called optometrist . Another mystery : in Poland optician or optometrist is a profession which is listed in occupational classification as not a licensed profession. This means that everyone , literally everyone , after a two-week course of refraction , can be called an optometrist, hang a diploma on the wall and legally, better or worse, test your sight defect and then make your glasses. This may be a dental technician, a former bus driver or employee of the pizzeria. Very sad.
- Third - you hit the optometrist - a person who has completed directional studies in this area. He has a Master's degree after 3 years studies in optics (bachelor degree ) , and then two years Optometry ( Master's degree ). A second possible course of education are becheler or postgraduate studies at the Medical University, or other higher education institution for people with minimum bachelor level in the field of optics or medical university graduates. These people are in most cases very well prepared for this task. It is unfortunately quite rare in Poland category, a few hundreds of people across the country.
So next time when you greet an optometrist 's office in Poland , ask what kind of degree he holds. Optometrists are not equal here. If he will not bee to much convincing in explanations, try to find a better one.