Optometry

Overview:

Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases, injuries and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures. They also identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.

ODs diagnose and treat, prescribe medications, perform certain surgical procedures, provide vision therapy and low vision rehabilitation and assist patients with eyeglasses and contact lenses. They counsel patients regarding surgical and non-surgical options to meet their visual needs. In cases involving surgery, they provide both pre-operative and post-operative consultation and care. ODs also diagnose systemic conditions that have eye-related symptoms (i.e., diabetes or high blood pressure) and refer patients to other health practitioners, as needed.

Optometrists should not be confused with ophthalmologists or dispensing opticians. Ophthalmologists are physicians who perform eye surgery, in addition to diagnosing and treating eye conditions. Dispensing opticians fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions written by ophthalmologists or optometrists. 

Resources:

Professional Organization

Common Application Service

Entrance Exam

Financial Aid Programs

  • Application Service: No fee waivers are available for the OptomCAS application at this time
  • Entrance Exam: https://www.ada.org/oat/index.html
    • Open the OAT Guide PDF
    • Scroll to page 10 – “Partial Fee Wavier”

GPA:

  • Minimum: 3.2
  • Average: 3.5
  • Average OAT:
  • Average Job Shadow Hours: 50+

PRE-REQUISITE COURSES FOR OPTOMETRY

  • Principles of Biology w/labs 2 semesters
  • General Chemistry w/labs 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry w/labs 2 semesters
  • Physics w/labs 2 semesters
  • English 2 semesters
  • Math 2 semesters (Calc. & Stats)
  • Microbiology 1 semester

 

BS Biology:  Pre-Optometry

Last Updated 4/26/16