SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Just for those of you that aren't aware, large areas of the planet do not have optometrists. Yet oddly we dont hear about a bunch of blind people walking around. And I don't mean rural Africa. I mean up-to-date places like the United Kingdom and most of Europe. From Wikipedia: "... in Germany, optometric tasks are performed by ophthalmologists and professionally trained and certified opticians." " In France, there is no regulatory framework and optometrists are sometimes trained by completing an apprenticeship at an ophthalmologists' private office. In Argentina- Anyone holding a Bachelor's degree may register as an optometrist after completing a written exam. In Australia, Ireland, Russia and Columbia, Spain and others optometry is a bachelors degree only. I'm sure there are more. Which leads me to my question: WHY DO WE NEED DOCTORS OF OPTOMETRY HERE WHEN MOST OF THE WORLD DOES JUST FINE WITH OPHTHALMOLOGIST AND OPTICIANS? Just something to think about. Could it simply be that a bunch of guys needed a job back in early 1900's and decided to measure eye glass prescriptions and then paid legislators over the ten decades to create a made up profession and expanded it over the years? Just saying........... * Of course, most of those bachelors degree optometrist do not practice full-scope optometry care like we do here in the states (ie. no diagnosic or dilation drops and treatment eye drops).