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Overview: Many Air Force Reserve jobs have specific vision requirements in terms of visual acuity, color vision and/or depth perception. Optometrists examine and evaluate the vision of Reserve members and their families, and if needed, prescribe lenses or other corrective measures, including recommendations for laser surgery consultations.

Position:  Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Examine eyes with instrumentation and observation to determine visual efficiency and performance 
  • Prescribe treatment including lenses 
  • Administer visual training for ocular muscle imbalance 
  • Plan and direct occupational vision programs


  • Completion of a Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited four-year college of optometry approved by the Surgeon General, HQ USAF   
  • An unrestricted state license to practice optometry utilizing therapeutic pharmacologic agents is mandatory. Such licensure must be attained within 12 months of entering active duty.


  • For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Commissioned Officer Training (COT). This 5 week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.