Why Optometry and not OrthopticsWatch
To me the first thing that stands out is optometrists are typically primary healthcare providers whereas orthoptists are not and will only see patients that have been referred by other healthcare professionals. Do you want to play a role in primary health where you promote health and prevent disorders. An orthoptist typically manages someone who already has an issue.
An optometrist has the option to open their own business. Whereas an orthoptist typically works within a hospital with an ophthalmologist.
I don’t know too much about the science covered in each but I believe orthoptics focuses more on binocular vision. Optometry is correcting eyesight with glasses etc but orthoptist is focusing on the alignment of eyes and management of diseases and checking up following surgery.
Have a search about what the day to day job entails, do you want to see a “diseased” person in a hospital who may need surgery or do you want to see typically healthy people in a community opticians store who need a vision aid?