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Optometry

Career Overview:

  • Optometrists are professionals who specialize in problems associated with the eyes and vision. They examine patients' eyes for visual issues and manage other problems or diseases that are eye-related.
  • Optometrists are also qualified to prescribe glasses and contact lenses for patients, and they can treat patients with various medications for eye conditions.
  • Optometrists also work with patients to help them decide between treatment options, and they can perform various surgical procedures. Additionally, optometrists can specialize in different areas of optometry such as pediatric or low vision optometry.
  • Optometrists often work alongside other optometrists if they are working in a clinic or a group practice.

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Optometry School Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree is not needed to gain acceptance to a Doctor of Optometry program, but many students opt to complete a four year degree. If students do not choose the path of a bachelor's degree, they must have completed at least three years of undergraduate coursework, including prerequisites in science and math to gain entrance into an optometry program.
  • Optometry Admission Test (OAT) scores no more than two years old visit ada.org/oat for more information.
  • Three letters of recommendation (science professor, professor, and optometrist.)

Optometry Programs Types:

  • Doctor of Optometry (O.D)
  • Master of Science in Clinical Vision Research (M.S.)
  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Vision Research
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