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Descriptions & Duties

  • Optometrists examine the eyes and other parts of the visual system. They also diagnose and treat visual problems or impairments. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Professional knowledge and skills in Optometry

Optometrists must be able to apply professional knowledge and skills in optometry to diagnose and treat patients for proper treatment.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • normally have a bachelor's degree of science in Optometry Programme

Professional qualification

  • must be a registered optometrist under the Optometrists Board of the Supplementary Medical Professions Ordinance

Other specific requirements

  • must hold a valid practicing certificate issued by the Optometrists Board under the Supplementary Medical Professions Council of Hong Kong; holding membership of the Hong Kong Society of Professional Optometrists is preferable.

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$60,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$80,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 13-23

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Optometrists usually work in stores that sell eyeglasses, contact lenses, visual aids, and other optical goods. They may have to work evenings and weekends to accommodate patients' needs.


  • Binocular vision test sets or accessories
  • colour perception testing lanterns
  • Combination refractor keratometers
  • Corneal topographers
  • Depth perception apparatus
  • Eye charts or vision cards; Pupil diameter PD rules; Single Lea symbol books; Snellen eye charts
  • Eye occludes; Multiple pin hole occludes; Multiple pinhole mask occludes
  • Lachrymal dilators or sets
  • Lens measuring equipment
  • Loupes
  • Ophthalmic eye test lenses or accessories
  • Ophthalmic instrument tables or accessories
  • Ophthalmic irrigation or aspiration supplies or accessories
  • Ophthalmic lens holders; Halberg clips
  • Ophthalmic lens meters
  • Ophthalmic prisms; Loose prisms
  • Ophthalmic retinoscopy
  • Ophthalmic tonometer or accessories
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets; Ophthalmoscopes
  • Opticians tools or accessories

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