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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


  • For entry into this specialty, completion of a Doctor of Optometry degree from a four-year college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), and acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF, is mandatory.
  • For entry into this specialty, eligibility for a current, valid, active and unrestricted state license to practice optometry utilizing therapeutic pharmacologic agents by achieving a passing score on all three parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) Exam 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 Officer Training School Abbreviated. This five-week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.