Lesson 3: Imposter Syndrome


I find the act of “fitting in” incredibly exhausting. “Fitting in” implies there are pre-requisites to belonging. Such terminology has pushed me to exhaustingly reevaluate my progress each step of the way and constantly question whether I had finally achieved that dream of “belonging.” You would think being admitted into a doctorate program would be […]

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Alaskan Optometric Externship Featuring Autumn Killop


Autumn, a fourth year optometric student at the Southern College of Optometry, is a friend of ASCO and has submitted several blogs in the past. Her latest vlog shows us a bit from her optometric externship in Alaska. Autumn can be contacted at akillop@sco.edu Interested in submitting a video blog or a written blog? We […]

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Meet Dr. Parres Wright — Educating Future Doctors of Optometry


  Meet Dr. Parres Wright, Assistant Professor at Midwestern University – Chicago College of Optometry. This video shows how she navigates educating her students during Covid as well as her passion for her students and for her profession. She is proof that academic optometry is a rewarding and fulfilling career path. Dr. Wright is on […]

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Lesson 2: Parkinson’s Law


  Read Shail’s Part 1: Don’t Let Eyes Be The Demise Northcote Parkinson, 1942 Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Less time studying, and better grades. Though factual, it sounds entirely fictional. Hi all, my name is Shail Gajjar and I’m a second year at The University […]

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Easy on the Eyes Episode 2: Sudden Change


Easy Anyama, 2nd year optometry student at the University of Houston, College of Optometry continues his journey in optometry school. Episode 2 of Easy on the Eyes is below. Revisit Episode 1. Are you an optometry student (or know one) who is interested in sharing your story with us? Please message ASCO’s Director of Communications, […]

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Lessons From OPT I: Don’t Let Eyes Be Your Demise


I get it. It’s your first year of optometry school. You’re nervous. Your anxiety has peaked. Your ambitions are high. You refuse to fail, and you’ll use every ounce of your strength and mental energy to safeguard your success. I was there too, and I admire your dedication to the profession. No one wants to […]

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Easy on the Eyes Episode 1: How I Chose Optometry


Meet Easy Anyama. Easy is a 2nd year optometry student at the University of Houston, College of Optometry. We first met Easy when he was featured in our April 2020 issue of Eye on Education, and we are excited to learn more about him. Check out his video below and learn more about his journey […]

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Meet Doctors of Optometry Drs. Sola and Brenda Fadeyi


ASCO is happy to introduce Doctors of Optometry, Sola and Brenda Fadeyi. Take a listen to their story. They describe their journey of finding and getting into optometry school, why they chose optometry as a career, and their trials and tribulations along the way. Both Doctors of Optometry may have had their challenges but they […]

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Debunking Common Eyesight Myths (Part 2)!


Can you think of a common eyesight “fun fact” that you’ve never actually heard a doctor say? Those are what we’d call “eyesight myths” — old wives’ tales for your eyes. Most of us have probably wondered how true they are. So today, we are going to break down some common eyesight myths and separate […]

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Meet Dr. John Flanagan, ASCO President


A Short Conversation with Dr. John Flanagan, ASCO President During ASCO’s Board meeting in June, ASCO swears in a new President for the upcoming 12 months. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Board meeting was held remotely, and Dr. John Flanagan was sworn in as ASCO’s President virtually. Dr. Flanagan is the Dean […]

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This Is Why I Am Proud To Be A Doctor of Optometry


In many ways, vision is our most valued sense. Much of our physiological design, such as skull shape, is based around interpreting and enhancing the immense amount of information our eyes give us. Our eyes are some of the most complicated structures in nature. People with impaired vision often don’t realize what they’ve been missing […]

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Sha’Mia Stinson Recent Grad Profile


written by Dr. Sha’Mia Stinson KYCO 2020 Graduate Hi! I’m Sha’Mia Stinson and I am a recent graduate from the Kentucky College of Optometry from South Carolina. I decided to pursue a career in optometry because I enjoy helping improve patient’s quality of life through vision services by diagnosing and treating eye related diseases, identifying […]

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KYCO Graduate Looks Back


Hi there! My name is Nitya Murthy and I’m a very recent graduate of the Kentucky College of Optometry. As I look back on my last 4 years in optometry school, I feel immense gratitude. I feel so lucky to be in this profession, for having attended my school, and to be living in the […]

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Get Up to Speed with ERG: Dispelling Common Myths


blog post submitted by Diopsys, ASCO Corporate Contributor   Many ophthalmologists and optometrists have an outdated view of electroretinography (ERG)—one that associates the use and function of older ERG technology rather than the modern visual electrophysiology tools used by eye care professionals today. This means that common myths still making their way around the eye […]

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Debunking Common Eyesight Myths!


Can you think of a common eyesight “fun fact” that you’ve never actually heard a doctor say? Those are what we’d call “eyesight myths” — old wives’ tales for your eyes. Most of us have probably wondered how true they are. So today, we are going to break down some common eyesight myths and separate […]

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Can You Have Better than 20/20 Vision?


Your eyes are one of the most important sensory organs in your body. In fact, there’s a very high chance that you are using your eyes to read this right now! However, most people, when asked, won’t know what 20/20 vision is or what it means for them. On top of that, they often ask […]

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Be Smart about Student Loans


Borrowing at least some of the money needed to pay tuition and other expenses is a fact of life for just about anyone who pursues higher education. However, while borrowing isn’t something to take lightly, fear of student loan debt needn’t derail the desire to attend optometry school. Many sources of need-based or merit-based scholarships […]

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Future Optometry Student: Ciara Knapp


written by ASCO intern Brooke Weiner Most students entering college have no idea what they want to do, and once they decide what they want to do, they change it. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 80% of college students change their major at least once. This was not the case, however, for […]

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Reflections of a 3rd Year Optometry Student


writen by former ASCO intern Theresa Maher Autumn Killop, is a contributor to the ASCO blog but now is the subject. As a third-year student at the Southern College of Optometry, Killop has the opportunity to engage in clinic practice this year, and reflect on the last two years. She finished her midterms in early June, and […]

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Why You Should Choose a Career in Optometry


Whether you are 12, 18, 35, or 46, a career in Optometry is a great way to take your life in a new direction. Optometry is rewarding and provides excellent career opportunities for growth. In addition, most Doctors of Optometry have high job satisfaction and excellent quality of life. In terms of income, you won’t […]

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Optometry Students Can Open Even More Doors with a Dual Degree


The Doctor of Optometry degree is a ticket to a rewarding, well-compensated, flexible career, and combining it with another graduate degree, such as a master’s or PhD, opens even more doors of opportunity. Many schools and colleges of optometry offer dual-degree programs. The available programs are structured in various ways. For example, some are campus-based […]

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Optometry and Fashion?


  written by Theresa Maher ASCO intern Sometimes two dream careers don’t seem compatible, like medicine and fashion. Life has a funny way of working out, though. At four years old, Dr. Katherine Fisher was sure she would be a fashion designer. She wanted to be a doctor too, though. She told her mother that […]

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Keeping an Eye on Children’s Vision Health in the New School Year


written by Theresa Maher ASCO intern For parents of a new child, the list of concerns is endless—limiting germ exposure, diaper rash, formula versus breastfeeding. As children get older, the list of worries change, but it doesn’t get shorter. Least of these concerns, for many parents, is a child’s optometric health. Maybe a child’s optometric […]

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Small Maine Family Practice Serves Big Purpose


written by Theresa Maher ASCO intern Aroostook County, Maine is a large geographic area that borders Canada.  However, it is home to a small, tight-knit community with a variety of eye care needs. Family Eye Care and Mavor Optical is a private, family-run practice that is four generations in the making. The Doctors of Optometry […]

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How to Start an Eye Care Practice from Scratch


  Why Start Your Own Practice, Choosing Your Location with Care, and Finding the Funds An interview with Courtney Dryer, OD, Autarchic Spec Shop, Charlotte, NC Dr. Courtney Dryer shares her step-by-step approach to a successful cold start. Dr. Courtney Dryer began her independent practice, Autarchic Spec Shop, six years ago in Charlotte, NC after […]

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Meet Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, ASCO President


A Short Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, ASCO President Each July, ASCO swears in a new President to serve for the year. This year’s President, Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, sat down with ASCO’s Director of Communications, Kimberly O’Sullivan to talk about the next twelve months. Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe is a proud alumna of Ferris State University […]

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A Trip to the Eye Doctor Changes a Life


written by Theresa Maher, ASCO intern It was a typical day in May in Waldorf, Maryland. Dr. Shahab Motamedi was seeing his last patient of the day one Saturday afternoon, and the patient asked if Motamedi could perform a comprehensive eye exam on his wife. He said he could, and when his patient brought his […]

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Alcohol Awareness Month: Drinking in School


The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) founded Alcohol Awareness Month in April 1987 to provide education, resources, and reduce the stigma that is so often associated with alcoholism. NCADD continues to sponsor Alcohol Awareness Month each April by encouraging the public to speak out about the dangers of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and […]

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Dear Pre-Optometry Students,


Dear Pre-Optometry Students, It is hard to believe that I am almost done with my second year of optometry school at Southern College of Optometry (SCO). It seems like just yesterday I was a student at Central Michigan University, playing trivia at Hunter’s Ale House on Tuesdays, performing with The 6th Man Band at basketball […]

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What I Learned in Optometry School (Besides Optometry)


written by Sherene Vazhappilly 4th year optometry student University of Waterloo School of Optometry It’s not until you reach the summit that you realize how high you’ve climbed. — Unknown Through my final phases of transformation to an exemplary Doctor of Optometry, I cannot help but to reflect and reminisce on the past few formative […]

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A Breakdown of Canadian vs American Optometry Board Exams


written by Sherene Vazhappilly, Canadian Optometry Student If you’re a Canadian wanting to practice or do a residency in the United States, a Canadian at an American optometry institution or an American with ties to the “True North” – you may be thinking about taking both board exams. The Canadian board exam consist of two […]

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In Optometry School, Balance is Key


written by Shanae Scott Maintaining a healthy and balanced life is crucial for everyone, especially if you are pursuing higher education. I have found this especially true when in optometry school. Many students, including myself, can over work themselves and lose sleep which can lead to increased stress and anxiety. However, as important it is […]

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