An optometrist is a physician who works with all aspects of eye care. Optometrists attend medical schools to obtain a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Optometrists diagnose eye diseases, identify vision conditions, and perform examinations to write prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses. They also provide low vision aids, vision therapy and medications, as well as perform certain surgical procedures. Optometrists work in private practices and hospitals, as well as teaching and research institutions. There is a need for optometrists in all types of practice, with a particular need in pediatrics and gerontology. Below are links to a variety of different sources of information for students interested in pursuing a Doctor of Optometry degree.