OPTOMETRIC EDUCATION BLOG

Future Optometry Student: Ciara Knapp

11/22/2019

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

10/18/2019

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

10/03/2019

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

09/19/2019

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?

09/04/2019

  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

08/20/2019

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

08/06/2019

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

07/11/2019

  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

06/28/2019

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

05/30/2019

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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