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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
American Academy of Optometry
American Optometric Association (AOA); Annual Meeting, June 24-28, 2015
American Optometric Student Association (AOSA)
U. of California, Berkeley School of Optometry Friday Visitation Program
U. of California, Berkeley School of Optometry Opto-Camp
Considering Optometry School?
U. of Houston College of Optometry Texas Optometry Career Opportunities Program (TEXOCOP)
Illinois College of Optometry Focus on Your Future Summer Program
Massachusetts Society of Optometrists
National Optometric Association (NOA)
National Optometric Student Association (NOSA); Scholarship Opportunities
Navy Optometrist Career Information
The Ohio State University College of Optometry Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC)
Optometrist Career Guide
Optometrist Career Overview
Optometrist Interview
Optometrist Occupational Outlook
Optometry FAQs
Optometry Overview
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)
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.