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Optometry

Description

Optometrists are the major providers of primary eye care in the U.S. They examine the eyes for vision problems, disease, and other abnormal conditions. They test for proper depth and color perception, the ability to coordinate and focus the eyes, and they prescribe lenses and/or treatments including glasses, contact lenses, corrective eye exercises, therapy, and in some states, therapeutic drugs for specific diseases.
American Academy of Optometry; Annual Meeting, November 9-12, 2016
American Optometric Association (AOA)
American Optometric Association (AOA) Compass
American Optometric Student Association (AOSA)
College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)
Considering Optometry School?
Eye on Optometry Blog
Illinois College of Optometry Focus on Your Future Summer Program
Indiana University School of Optometry Open House, October 22, 2016
Lions Clubs Sight Programs
Massachusetts Society of Optometrists
National Optometric Association (NOA)
National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)
Navy Optometrist Career Information
Optometric Extension Program Foundation
Optometrist Career Guide
Optometrist Career Overview
Optometrist Interview
Optometrist Occupational Outlook
Optometry Admission Requirements Handbook
Optometry Career Guide
Optometry FAQs
Optometry in the U.S. Air Force
Optometry Overview
Optometry School Interview Questions
Optometry Schools and Colleges Virtual Fair, November 2, 2016
Optometry Student Profile and Prerequisites
State Optometric Associations
SUNY College of Optometry Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) for Underrepresented Minority Students (for NY residents)
The Ohio State University College of Optometry Admissions Visit Day, October 15, 2016
The Ohio State University College of Optometry Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC)
University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry Friday Visitation Program
University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry Opto-Camp
University of Houston College of Optometry Texas Optometry Career Opportunities Program (TEXOCOP)
University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry Summer Optometry Institute
U.S. Air Force Optometry Career Information
Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) International Volunteer Opportunities
What Do Doctors of Optometry Do?
(Additional optometry links are located on the "Health Professions Links" page.)

Degree

O.D.

Program Length

4 years

Professional Schools' Organization

ASCO (Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry)
Optometry Schools
Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Application Service

OptomCAS (Optometry Centralized Application Service)

Academic Admission Requirements

Minimum three years; BA or BS preferred; two semesters General Chemistry; one to two semesters Organic Chemistry; two semesters each of Physics, Biology, Math. Microbiology, Psychology, English (specific additional requirements recommended by individual schools).
Prerequisites Table
Links to prerequisites for each U.S. optometry school are found at the bottom of the Choosing Your Courses page.

Admission Exam

OAT (Optometry Admission Test)

Personal Attributes & Experiences

Optometry students must be intelligent, scientifically curious, motivated, and socially conscious. Evidence of good citizenship and professionalism. Demonstrated knowledge of profession.

Recommendation Letters

Health Professions Committee letter (usually confidential) sent with additional individual letters of support. Some schools accept individual letters of recommendation.