To become an optometrist, one must complete the following steps:

1.      Obtain a Bachelor's degree: Optometry schools usually require applicants to have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as biology, chemistry, or physiology. It typically takes 4 years to complete a Bachelor's degree.

2.      Take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT): The OAT is a standardized exam that measures an applicant's academic ability and scientific comprehension. It is required for admission to most optometry schools.

3.      Attend an Accredited Optometry School: Optometry programs usually take 4 years to complete and lead to a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. It is important to attend an accredited optometry school to ensure eligibility for licensure.

4.      Complete Clinical Training: Optometry students must complete clinical training, which includes hands-on experience under the supervision of a licensed optometrist. This provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in patient care and management.

5.      Obtain Licensure: Optometrists must obtain a license to practice in their state or province. Licensure requirements vary by state, but typically include completion of an accredited optometry program and passing an exam.

6.      Consider Further Specialization: Optometrists may choose to specialize in a particular area, such as pediatric optometry, vision therapy, or ocular disease. Specialization typically involves additional training and certification.