OPTOMETRIST can be defined, “PRIMARY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ,WHO DEAL WITH DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT,MANEGMENT OF VISION RELATED PROBLEMS
AND OTHER ASSOCOATED CAUSES FOR VISION ENHANCEMENT.”
An optometrist plays an important role in society with regards to vision problems. An optometrist is the primary health care provider who care for ,long turn, may it be treatment , management exercises.
They play a role in prevention of visual problems by setting up camps at school, rural area various public place , in order to aware people , about their vision and possible complications.
Correcting refractive errors is of the most heavenly tasks optometrist are doing.heeding eye checkup camps at various places is also helpful in statistics at national and international levels promoting awareness about various diseases that may lead to blindness is another important task an optometrist perform.providing proper management to patient, in order to improvise his vision is another important task performed buy optometrists.
Educating masses about possible causes,signs,symptoms,treatment regimen are carried out by optometrist.counselling a patient about his condition,counselling patients relatives about the possibilities,the advantages and disadvantages of the management therapies that must be carried out comes under a major role.
It is very important for a patient to be mentally prepared and to feel the positive and trust the medical professionals before undergoing any surgery,or management procedures,at this time also optometrist play an important role in guiding a patient as well as his relatives. Lot of time post surgical complications occur that need to be corrected by either exercises and therapies,this comes under an optometrists responsibilities. There are people who have lost their social life,earning ,daily activities are hampered an optometrist is a person who can train and rehabilitate such people by various methods,they need to teach them how to carry out their vision related daily tasks. They need to train people to live life with a positive approach by helping them improve their attitude to feel, hear, smell things.
They say “when a person looses his sense (vision) he gains more power from other senses” this was also the reason the word was changed from “viklang”to “divyang” in making a person feel “divyang” is also considered under a major role an optometrist would play.
An optometrist should be calm,peaceful,polite,generous,compassionate but at the same time must be capable of explaining,directing,training,helping the patient reach his visual goals.
In case of associated problems,the optometrist also refer patient to other health providers for systemic causes this is helpful in diagnosing possible vision related problems.
An optometrist play a major role of health care provider,a teacher,trainer,optician,practitioner and a lot more like counselor,educator,motivator, rehabilitator for a patient as well as society.there are lot of fields where optometrists are dispersed may be optician to give refractive correction or clinical optometrist to diagnose diseases condition,provide treatment regimen or teacher to guide future optometrist or social worker who works for nations development or a speaker to spread words of knowledge or scientists to find out new diseases and condition.
There are ample of roles an optometrist play in society in order to up bring the status of the society related to vision. Someone has rightly said,
WHEN YOU HAVE VISION,IT REFLECTS YOUR ATTITUDE.
And when we have these visionary people called OPTOMETRIST we can definitely say that our vision to see future is in safe hands.
BY: REEMA VINAY DANDAVATE