Vision is one of the most important senses that a US Armed Forces Servicemember can have. Effective eyesight is an element of everyday life, and the US Navy Optometrist is the individual that assists US Navy and Marine Corps personnel to have and maintain the very best eyesight they are capable of. You will work with aviators, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen, as well as commissioned officers to which sight is vital as they work to perform their duty and mission defending our country. You will be called upon to serve both acute eye care situations as well at routine scheduled eye exams.
All at the same time you work to make sure that the Naval Fleet is in a high state of military readiness. You will provide different types of eye examinations including comprehensive and complete ocular exams. You have a solemn responsibility, and often the job of grounding an aviator, or causing another type of warrior to have to stop or retire because their eyesight has grown poor. You may be called upon to administer or prescribe a variety of eyeglasses or contact lenses. As a Navy Optometrist you will likely begin being stationed at one of the larger Navy military facilities and be tasked in helping provide eye exams and ocular examinations of the eye for all different ranks, rates and levels of Navy personnel. You will have continuing opportunities to serve your Country as well as chances to become a medical and eye care manager and possibly to teach. It doesn?t matter if the person is responsible for standing watch, flying as a crewmember on a military aircraft, or watching a rotating blip on a radar screen, sight is vital for the hundreds of thousands of personnel Servicemembers and they rely on their eyesight in order to be able to complete their jobs each day.
Working as a Navy Optometrist will be a responsible and vital job for you, you have to certify whether some personnel have quality vision in order to qualify for their jobs, or if their vision is slipped and they no longer qualify for their job because of failing eyesight. Much of your job will be to promote and encourage good visual health, and positive and healthy eye self-care.