Optometrists are doctors that specialize in the treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye. If you ever went to a doctor to get a prescription for glasses, then you’ve met an optometrist! If you can see the potential excitement in this career, consider checking it out!

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other vision aids.
  • Analyze test results and develop a treatment plan.
  • Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases if state laws permit.
  • Remove foreign bodies from the eye.
  • Prescribe therapeutic procedures to correct or conserve vision.
  • Educate and counsel patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements, and safety factors.

Recommended Credentials

Doctoral Degree (OD)

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Start your educational journey at Northwestern Michigan College.

Check out this transfer guide to the Pre-Optometry Program at Ferris State University.

Elsewhere in Michigan


Pre-Optometry Concentration, Bachelor of Science  Ferris State University

Michigan College of Optometry, Doctorate — Ferris State University

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Visit your local eye doctor. Get an eye exam! Ask to job shadow or view the process as a participant.

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Consider joining Northwest Education Services’ Allied Health Program to start your journey. 


Pathway 2

Start locally at Northwestern Michigan College. Enroll in a 4-year undergraduate program at Ferris State University.

Pathway 3

Enroll in a graduate program to complete your doctoral degree! Ferris State University’s program or a similar one offers a path forward.


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Doctor of Optometry (OD), Optometrist
  • Optometrist

Hear It From The Pros

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Learn more about Optometrists at O*NET Online.