I am aware that "behavioural optometry", the extension of optometry to cover a wide array of problems, is definitely a pseudoscience.
However, is optometry itself entirely a pseudoscience?
From what I have gathered on the web, ophthalmologists (aka real scientists) distance themselves from it, but I have not seen outright condemnation. (After review and reconsideration, I see now that the "distancing" I spoke of was more to do with distancing from some claims on curing myopia, which is espoused by some optometrists, but not necessarily representative of optometry.)
Some of the writing by optometrists has warning signs of being a pseudoscience. For example, in this ebook about how to cure myopia, which I was referred to by multiple (3) optometrists via the site justanswer.com, there are a lot of the standard conspiracy theory style denials of mainstream science. Such as:
That the real cause of myopia is being kept from the public is nothing short of a tragedy. The numerous organizations that pretend to tell the public about eye care are supported financially by eye doctors and the optical industry. They spend millions of dollars urging us to have our eyes examined, knowing that this will lead to more eye business.
There is definitely a lot about the way optometry has so far been presented to me that makes me personally very sceptical, but perhaps I'm being overly dismissive.
Is there any merit in optometry, or is it an outright pseudoscience?