OPTOMETRIC EDUCATION BLOG

Lesson 3: Imposter Syndrome

11/16/2020

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

10/22/2020

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

10/06/2020

  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

09/21/2020

  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

09/09/2020

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

08/20/2020

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

08/04/2020

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

07/22/2020

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)!

07/09/2020

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

06/26/2020

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

06/04/2020

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

05/21/2020

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

05/04/2020

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

04/03/2020

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!

02/10/2020

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?

01/02/2020

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

12/04/2019

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

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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Alcohol Awareness Month: Drinking in School

03/29/2019

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,

03/19/2019

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)

03/05/2019

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

02/14/2019

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

12/11/2018

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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Things I Wish I Had Known Before My First Day of Optometry School

06/13/2018

No matter how much you prepare for the start of your four years in optometry school, there will no doubt be some things you end up learning as you go. To help you avoid learning “the hard way,” as they say, we found four students nearing the end of first year who were willing to share what they eventually realized about situating themselves for success. Here’s what these members of the class of 2021 had to say.

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Patients Benefiting from Interprofessional Education

05/09/2018

The buzzword throughout health care and especially throughout optometry is interprofessional communication and care.

While sounding simple on paper, interprofessional education (IPE) presents a series of challenges, but that does not mean that we should not endeavor to reach this destination, especially as the health care model continues to shift in this general direction.

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The Important Role of Optometrists in Today’s Dynamic Market

05/01/2018

I’m often asked by students for advice as they begin their career. My answer is simple and consistent—never lose sight of why you chose to be an Optometrist.

I remember, early on in my career, I was taking care of a patient who had just returned from the war in Iraq. He was only 20 years old and had recently lost all his limbs following an IED explosion. Despite needing visual correction, with the physical limitations he was experiencing, he craved the freedom of not needing to continually ensure spectacles remained on. My desire was to give this young soldier, who gave us all so much through his sacrifice, the gift of sight.

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CooperVision’s Student Ambassador Experience

04/09/2018

Each year, a third or fourth year student at each college of optometry has the opportunity to serve as a CooperVision student ambassador. The program is designed to give a student with an interest in the contact lens industry an opportunity to partner with CooperVision and to facilitate sponsorship and other opportunities at their school. The Student Ambassador acts as a liaison between the optometry school and CooperVision and receives a $500 educational grant for their time and effort.

Company Description: CooperVision’s dedication to prescription contact lens design, materials and manufacturing excellence enhances the wearing experience of contact lens patients the world over. CooperVision concentrates on all day wearing comfort in the widest variety of lens designs, materials and wearing options.

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Retina Focus: How Do You Know if Treatment is Working?

04/03/2018

Determining the effectiveness of treatment in a patient with suspected retinal pathology can be challenging. While visual acuity can serve as a benchmark, vision gains do not necessarily correlate with improvement in structure or global function. Despite the array of diagnostic modalities available to the eye care expert, very few of them deliver actionable information that is helpful in deciding if treatment is working, when to change course, or perhaps even when to cease treatment because risks outweigh the potential benefits.

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A Visit to Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University – Education Strengthens our Ability to Serve our Customers

03/19/2018

The vision care field is continually evolving, with new technology and techniques being pioneered at a fantastic pace. Continuing education is required of optometrists to keep up with these innovations; why shouldn’t we as industry partners engage in ongoing training in order to serve our ODs better?

Volk has a comprehensive in-house training program for employees. With slit lamps, BIOs, lenses and model eyes, we can get a really great understanding of basic eye anatomy. However, static model eyes, 2D textbooks and videos just can’t effectively simulate the tremendous variety of real patients our ODs see in their practices. In an effort to see what our customers actually see, we were fortunate to partner with Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University.

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Top 10 FAQs for Opening a New Optometry Practice

02/27/2018

Along with the excitement of going into business for yourself, there’s often a bit of apprehension. Sound guidance and tips from someone who’s already successfully traveled the journey of business start-up and ownership can be an invaluable resource. In this brief article, I share my own experience to answer some of the most common questions asked by doctors just starting out in practice. I hope you find this information helpful and I wish you the best in your new endeavor!

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Optometrists: Changing Lives on the Daily – Part II

02/12/2018

Interest in a health professions career such as optometry can spring from a variety of motivations, but a desire to help people is a common inspiration. Sight is such a precious human sense, the care optometrists provide is of immense value to the patients they serve. As shown in the international Barometer of Global Eye […]

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Doctors of Optometry: Changing Lives on the Daily – Part 1

01/09/2018

Interest in a health professions career such as optometry can spring from a variety of motivations, but a desire to help people is a common inspiration. Sight is such a precious human sense, the care optometrists provide is of immense value to the patients they serve. As shown in the international Barometer of Global Eye […]

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Starting from the Ground UP – A Guide to Opening a New Optometry Practice

11/14/2017

Opening a practice cold or buying a practice is a very challenging, yet rewarding adventure. There are many ways to go about this business opportunity, however you must have two key elements to succeed: a good mentor and an excellent support system. With these two things, along with the proper research and drive, you WILL succeed.

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Pursuing Optometry? Health Professions Scholarship Fund Can Help!

09/26/2017

Just little over a year ago I realized becoming a part of the U.S. Navy could be my reality. This reality was never fathomed or appreciated before I learned of the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP).

Even when I first learned of this scholarship, it seemed too good to be true, and so I discounted the application process as I simply did not see myself in the military. Well, I was obviously wrong and thank goodness.

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Is .edu For You?

09/05/2017

If this isn’t your first time reading ASCO’s Eye on Optometry blog, you know about the variety and versatility a career in optometry has to offer. The list of potential positions and practice settings is quite long. In just one of the possible settings, academia, which is the focus of this post, a future optometrist […]

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Pre-Optometry Clubs with Brighter Visions: Helping their Campus & Community One Day at a Time

08/03/2017

Pre-Optometry Clubs are an excellent way for prospective optometry students to learn more about the optometry field and develop their interests. Pre-Optometry clubs can help undergraduate students in their application processes as well as help them gain mentors who share their same passions. Often, Pre-Optometry clubs can provide opportunities for students to make lasting impacts […]

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A Short Conversation with Dr. David Damari, ASCO President

07/06/2017

Each July, ASCO swears in a new President to serve for the year. This year’s President, Dr. David Damari, sat down with ASCO’s Intern, Amanda Howarth, and Director of Communications, Kimberly O’Sullivan to talk about the next twelve months. Dr. David A. Damari is the Dean at Ferris State University Michigan College of Optometry. Prior to […]

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My Internship at ASCO

05/09/2017

Written By:  Amanda Howarth, ASCO Intern Four months ago I joined the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry as an intern, and I could not be happier with my decision. In my short time here, I cannot believe how many new skills I’ve gained and how much I’ve learned about the field of optometry. […]

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Four Schaeffers Come to One Conclusion: Optometry is a Great Career

03/30/2017

Dr. Jack L. Schaeffer, OD, FAAO, has such a remarkable passion for optometry as a career that his enthusiasm has proven to be contagious. The success of the 18-location (and still growing!) full-scope eye care practice he founded in Alabama is built upon his love for the profession, an unwavering commitment to his patients, and […]

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Social Life in Optometry School: What’s it Like?

03/14/2017

Compared to undergraduate school, a health professions education such as a four-year Doctor of Optometry degree program involves a heavier course load, more challenging material and a more serious commitment. Students really invest themselves and work hard to eventually experience the stability, flexibility, desirable income and personal satisfaction of an optometric career. But that doesn’t […]

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Can You Take a Gap Year Before Optometry School?

01/20/2017

In 2016, when President Obama’s daughter Malia decided to take a “gap year” between high school and college, it was widely reported and drew a lot of attention to the concept. College graduates, too, can consider taking a gap year before moving on to graduate or professional school, including optometry school. This is something optometry […]

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An Optometrist Saved My Vision!

11/04/2016

A marketing professional who has been collaborating with the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) for the past several years recently shared the following story with ASCO staff. She would like everyone to know how invaluable the accessibility, compassion and expertise of an optometrist were to her recently when she experienced a retinal […]

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Have You Considered an Optometry Residency?

10/04/2016

As graduation from optometry school neared, Valerie Lam OD, FAAO, knew she wanted pediatrics and vision therapy to be her career focus, so she wanted to further sharpen her VT skills and add to the experience she gained in her fourth-year rotations. She and a classmate had discussed the possibility of opening their own practice, so […]

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15 Tips for Applying to Optometry School

08/31/2016

Anyone familiar with the optometry school admissions process would say it’s more like a marathon than a sprint. One of the mileposts, by the way, is actually submitting the application to one or more schools through the online Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS), which opened for the 2016-2017 cycle on June 29. But there’s more to […]

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Is Your Son or Daughter Interested in Optometry School?

07/20/2016

According to admissions officials at several of the schools and colleges of optometry, parents of prospective students often have similar questions about the admissions process and optometry school in general. Their questions tend to center around the costs of tuition and housing, availability of financial aid and the safety of the area where their sons […]

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Educational Research

06/07/2016

Educational research should be at the forefront for all faculty, independent of subject taught, degree or level of education. Educational research can provide information on how our students learn and how we can be more effective teachers. Best practices for teaching methodology, delivery and assessment arekey to our success in the academic environment. Outcomes assessment […]

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Best Things about Optometry School

05/13/2016

Eye on Optometry recently asked students and graduates to tell us what they consider to be the Best Things about Optometry School. And while the answers convey a lot about optometry school, they say just as much about the students and graduates themselves. For starters, their enthusiasm for all things optometry school — and optometry in general […]

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Part II: Where and How Will You Practice Optometry? Four ODs Talk About the Settings They’re Currently In

05/02/2016

One of the many appealing elements of a career in optometry is the variety of settings in which doctors of optometry can work. We asked ODs from several different practice types to answer some questions, including what they find most challenging and most rewarding about their job, to give you a glimpse into the possibilities. Part II of this blog will cover the following settings:  large group private optometry practice, private practice (two owners), corporate optical adjacent and the opththalmic industry.

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Part I: Where and How Will You Practice Optometry? Four ODs Talk About the Settings They’re Currently In

04/14/2016

One of the many appealing elements of a career in optometry is the variety of settings in which doctors of optometry can work. We asked ODs from several different practice types to answer some questions to give you a glimpse into the possibilities. Part I of this blog will cover the following settings: academic practice, solo private practice, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and corporate. Other practice settings will be covered in Part II.

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Too Cool for School? Nope. The Schools and Colleges of Optometry are Exactly Where You’ll Find the Latest, Quite Amazing, Diagnostic Technologies

03/01/2016

Technology is an integral part of practicing medicine today, and optometry is no exception. Diagnostic technologies in particular have advanced rapidly. As the latest instruments make their way into clinical practice, they also become part of optometric education. The schools and colleges of optometry are committed to ensuring their students graduate with a full understanding […]

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Optometry and the Future of Health Care: Schools and Colleges Embrace Interprofessional Education

01/04/2016

The curriculum for any student entering optometry school today will in some way include interprofessional education (IPE). IPE is a hot topic throughout medicine and an area of much activity in optometry. The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is a leader in working to ensure optometry students are prepared to participate in interprofessional care (IPC) when they graduate.

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Optometry: Good Work, Good Life

11/24/2015

When it comes to being a great career choice, optometry always makes the list. Literally. A variety of outlets, including the Washington Post, Kiplinger and CNNMoney, routinely rank optometry with other vocations they deem, for example, “top industries for women entrepreneurs” or “best careers.”

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Optometry: An Inspired Career Choice

09/24/2015

Three ODs discuss what led them to the profession and what keeps them loving it. Do you have an interest in science, medicine or health care but don’t quite know how to turn it into a career choice? Need some inspiration? If you consider optometry as a career, inspiration is not hard to find. Take […]

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Inside OptomCAS Part II: Your Personal Statement for Applying to Optometry School

06/17/2015

In the previous post, we zoomed in on the Letters of Evaluation (LOEs) section of the application for optometry school, clarifying requirements and providing some pearls for effectively fulfilling them. This time we turn our attention to another crucial part of the application: the personal statement, a.k.a., the essay. The LOEs and the personal statement [both […]

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Are You an Optometry Student Who Feels the Need to Lead?

04/29/2015

There are many reasons optometry is an outstanding career choice. To name just a few, it offers job security based on demand for services, personal satisfaction through helping people to improve their lives, and an enviable work/life balance. But we’d be remiss to not recognize that the current state of optometry as a career didn’t […]

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Why You Should Join, or Start, a Pre-Optometry Club

03/30/2015

Even though you may have already decided that you want to be an optometrist — an exciting, in-demand, well-paying career — it doesn’t mean you couldn’t benefit from some help along the way. Joining a pre-optometry club is a great way to learn things you need to know about academic requirements, the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) and OptomCAS for […]

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The Importance of Shadowing in Pursuing an Optometry Career

02/24/2015

One of the most important items on the How to Get into Optometry School Checklist is shadowing. Shadowing is when you spend time observing an optometrist as he or she works through a typical day. All health professions schools strongly recommend, require really, applicants to shadow. The point is threefold: to gain a real-world understanding of what people in the profession actually do, to ensure it’s what you want to do, and to help you prepare for the admissions interview, during which you’ll definitely be asked to explain why you want a career in the field.

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Pre-Optometry? Here are Six Questions You’re Eventually Going to Ask

12/18/2014

We’ve been in the optometry biz for a long time, and because we’re the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), we know a lot about, well, the schools and colleges of optometry. We’ve also learned a thing or two about the students who aspire to a career in optometry and what they typically […]

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Take Charge of Your Financial Wellness in Optometry School and Beyond

12/01/2014

The majority of optometry students utilize financial aid, including loans. You’ll likely be doing the same, so you’ll want to plan ahead of time how to finance your optometry education responsibly. As you probably know, the costs to complete a program in any of the health professions, which include not only tuition but also living and other expenses, have been on the rise.

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Which Optometry School is Right for You?

10/15/2014

You can get a great education at plenty of schools and colleges of optometry, but to really make the most of it, you’ll need to look beyond the brochures. Ask yourself what you need to succeed in the career you are envisioning for yourself and what factors are most important to you when you think […]

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The Optometry School Admissions Interview: Be Ready if You Get the Call

09/16/2014

All roads to optometry school lead through the admissions interview. This is the campus visit and sit-down with school or college representatives that you’ll be invited to attend if they think you would be a good fit after reviewing your OptomCAS application materials. If you get “the call” — these days it is usually “the e-mail” — […]

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Diversity Awareness and Cultural Competence in Optometry

06/05/2014

Diversity Awareness and Cultural Competence in Optometry We use this blog space most often to provide information to folks who are considering pursuing a career in optometry. This time, we visit a topic that pertains to everyone in the field, now and in the future. Technically, it’s two topics — diversity and cultural competence — […]

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Optometrists Make a Difference in Daily Lives

05/14/2014

By the time Ryan Corte, OD, graduated from optometry school, he had a clear picture in his mind of how he wanted to practice. He planned to provide full-scope care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to diagnosing and managing eye diseases and the ocular complications of systemic conditions.

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A Day in the Life of an Optometry Student

04/30/2014

Whenever we move forward to a new phase in life, it’s reassuring to have at least some idea of what to expect. To give you some food for thought as you look ahead to attending optometry school, we asked two current students, one first-year and one third-year, what their typical day is like. They’re working […]

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Are You Ready for the OAT?

04/14/2014

As you probably already know, all of the schools and colleges of optometry require applicants to take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). In addition to having the right prerequisites and a good GPA, the OAT is another important checkpoint you’ll have to clear on your road to a career in optometry. Each school ranks the […]

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What Makes a Competitive Applicant to Optometry School?

04/02/2014

For the 2013-2014 academic year, 6,676 students were enrolled in the 21 schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico. If you’re aiming to join them in a future class, you’ll need — to steal a phrase from the famous book and movie about the dawn of America’s space program — […]

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A Day in the Life of an Optometrist

03/13/2014

If you’re considering pursuing a career in optometry, you’ve probably already started researching how to apply to optometry school. That’s a great place to begin, but it’s never too soon to start thinking even further ahead. A key question to ask yourself is what exactly you picture yourself doing once you have your OD degree in hand. We called on two well-established and highly respected doctors of optometry to help you get your wheels turning in that direction. They shared with us what they do during a typical day.

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Introducing a New Blog: Eye on Optometry

02/03/2014

Welcome to Eye on Optometry, a new blog from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)! The main goal of the blog is to provide timely and useful information to anyone who is interested in applying to optometry school. It’s all part of one of ASCO’s many strategic objectives, which is to help the schools and colleges of optometry develop a large, diverse and highly qualified national applicant pool while getting the word out about the attractiveness of a career in the profession.

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