Optometrists: Doctors on the front line of eye and vision care
Ethics and values
The optometric profession has long recognized its ethical responsibilities to patients, colleagues, other health care professionals, and the public. The American Optometric Association has historically provided statements of ethical aspirations and standards of expected professional behavior. The Code of Ethics, Optometric Oath, and Standards of Professional Conduct are the current documents guiding the ethical behavior of AOA and WOA members.
After attending a university or college for their undergraduate education, optometry students concentrate specifically on the structure, function and disorders of the eye for 4 additional years during their graduate education to earn their doctoral degree. In addition to their formal, doctoral-level training, all optometrists participate in ongoing continuing education courses to stay current on the latest standards of care and to maintain their licenses to practice.