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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.

Air Force Optometrist Career Information
Air Force Optometry
American Academy of Optometry (AAO); AAO Annual Meeting, October 23-27, 2019
American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF)
American Optometric Association (AOA); AOA Annual Meeting, June 19-23, 2019
American Optometric Association (AOA) Compass
American Optometric Student Association (AOSA); AOSA Scholarship Information
Applying to Optometry School
Army Ophthalmologist Career
Army Optometrist Career
College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD); COVD Annual Meeting, April 9-13, 2019
Eye on Optometry Blog
Financial Aid Information
Illinois College of Optometry Focus on Your Future Summer Program (click on "View More Info" under "Focus on Your Future")
Illinois College of Optometry Interview Day
Massachusetts Society of Optometrists (MSO); MSO Education Conference, April 27-28, 2019
National Eye Institute (NIE) Summer Internship Program
National Optometric Association (NOA); NOA Annual Convention, July 10-14, 2019
National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)
Ohio State University College of Optometry Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC)
Optometric Extension Program Foundation
Optometrist Career Guide
Optometrist Career Overview
Optometrist Interview
Optometrist Occupational Outlook
Optometry Career Guide
Optometry FAQ
Optometry Overview
Optometry Programs Admissions Directory
Optometry School Admissions Interview
Optometry School Interview Questions
Optometry School Practice Interview Questions
Optometry Student Profile and Prerequisites
OptometryStudents.com
Pick the Right Optometry School
Scholarship and Grant Resources
State Optometric Associations
SUNY College of Optometry Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) for Underrepresented Minority Students (for NY residents)
Things I Wish I Had Known Before My First Day of Optometry School
University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry Friday Visitation Program
University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry Opto-Camp
University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry Summer Optometry Institute
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
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.