As a trained certified Optometrist you will be responsible for working with all different types of Navy personnel and dealing with concerns of eyesight and vision. You will be working to help personnel serving in the Navy to maintain and have the very best eyesight that they are able to have. 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.
It doesn’t matter if the person is responsible for flying a F-18 fighter jet, or watches 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.
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 provide different types of eye examinations including comprehensive and complete ocular exams, where you will be responsible for evaluating the eye and ocular health, and whether or not to prescribe specific eyewear or eyeglasses. You may be called upon to administer or prescribe a variety of eyeglasses or contact lenses. You will be called upon to serve both acute eye care situations as well at routine scheduled eye exams.
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. 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. Much of your job will be to promote and encourage good visual health, and positive and healthy eye self-care.
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. All at the same time you work to make sure that the Naval Fleet is in a high state of military readiness.