As a senior in high school, I have been so indecisive to just about everything, especially what career would be best to pursue after graduation. After much thought and research I have finally decided what would be best for me. Optometry is something that interests me, it is something that I feel like I could succeed in. Optometrists are doctors that examine the eyes for both in vision and health care. They prescribe eye glasses and contact lenses. In some optometry clinics/offices they offer vision therapy and low vision care. Some optometrists help ophthalmologists (medical doctor or an osteopathic doctor who specializes in vision and eye care, which are trained to perform eye exams, diagnose and treat disease, prescribe medications and perform eye surgery.) In pre- and post- operative eye surgery.
To start off, an interesting fact that I found is, optometrists see almost 67 patients per week and perform around 52 refractions in a week. (Cognac) You may ask, what is a refraction? A refraction is a test for your vision. It is an examination that tests an individual’s ability to see an object at a specific distance. (What is a Refraction test and Why Won’t Medicare Cover it?) For example, when you go to take your driver’s test, the people working at the desk have you look through a device called a phoroptera to test how good your vision is by reading letters and/or numbers through lenses of differing strength.
The salary to be an optometrist roughly varies by each state, just like any job. The U.S median wage is $115,561 per year; the lowest is $103,376; and the highest being $127,888. The salary for someone with the title Optometrist also depends on the company’s size, location, years of experience, and the level of education received. (Optometrist Salaries and How Key Factors Impact Optometry Salaries) The cost of additional training and schooling would be well worth it, because this career brings in a lot of money. In fact, it is one of the highest paying jobs in America. In 2013, it was ranked the 27th highest paying job, with an income of $108,000. (Best Jobs in America 2013)
In order to become an optometrist you need a Doctor of Optometry degree, which requires the completion of a 4-year program at an accredited school of optometry. Requirements for admission to optometry schools include college courses in English, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. A strong background in science is important, so many applicants to optometry school major in science such as biology and chemistry, as undergraduates. All applicants must take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) b. The OAT consists of four tests: the survey of natural sciencesd; reading comprehension; physics; and quantitive reasoning. Optometry programs include classroom and laboratory study of health and visual sciences and clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. Courses in pharmacology, optics, vision science, biochemistry, and systemic diseases are included. (3 Critical Things to Know Before Becoming an Optometrist)
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