Optometry Abbreviations

Optometry is the science or profession that tries to detect abnormalities in the eyes by means of measurements.

If you have eye complaints, you can visit an optometrist, someone who is specialized in measuring abnormalities in the eyes. In general, one can without any referral to an optometrist, where one can have his or her eyes measured for defects in the eyes, sometimes for a small fee. Many people who work in optometry are now also opticians. One can thus easily have his or her eyes checked and also order the necessary correction devices. In many cases, the eyes have an abnormality that can be negated by glasses or contact lenses. When the optometrist finds out that the complaints have a pathological nature, they are referred to a general practitioner.

An optometric examination of the eyes usually consists of several parts. Often one starts with determining the strength for the lenses. This is also known as refraction . In addition, the optometrist often performs a binocular examination, which thoroughly examines the cooperation between eye muscles and the eyes themselves. Finally, it is customary to measure eye pressure. The main purpose of this is to rule out specific eye diseases.

To become an optometrist, one must complete the four-year training course in optometry. Since 2000, optometry has also been included in the Individual Health Care Professions Act, which recognizes it as a separate, professional branch of health care.

List of Acronyms Related to Optometry

AAO American Academy of Optometry
AOA American Optometry Association
ARBO Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry
ASCO Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
ACO Australian College of Optometry
BABO Baltimore Academy for Behavioral Optometry
BCOVS British Congress of Optometry and Vision Science
OD Doctor of Optometry
ECOO European Council of Optometry and Optics
FAAO Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
GWCO Great Western Council of Optometry
JBO Journal of Behavioral Optometry
MCO Michigan College of Optometry
OVD Optometry & Vision Development
OAT Optometry Admission Test
ONN Optometry News Network
PUCO Pacific University College of Optometry
PCO Pennsylvania College of Optometry
PPOD Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry and Dentistry
PCON Primary Care Optometry News
SCCO Southern California College of Optometry
SWCO Southwest Council of Optometry
UHCO University of Houston College of Optometry