Optometry is the field involving virtually everything that has to do with eyes and vision, including examination, diagnosis, and treatment of the eyes and surrounding structures, and the treatment of vision problems. Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the primary health care professionals for the eyes. They 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.**
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Some Optometry schools will require a General Psychology course and a statistics course. Other courses that are recommended are Microbiology (BIO 315 or HBM 320) and Biochemistry (BIO 361 or HBC 331).
Taking advanced science coures can be beneficial to your knowledge and application. Consider taking one or more of the following courses, only if you are confident you can do well.
- BIO 310: Cell Biology
- BIO 315: Microbiology
- HBM 320/321: Microbiology/ Microbiology Lab
- BIO 320: Genetics
- BIO 328: Mammalian Physiology
- BIO 361: Biochemistry
- HBC 331: Intro to Biochemistry
- ANP: 300: Human Anatomy
Important Optometry Links and Resources
- ASCO: Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
- OptomCAS: Optometry Centralized Application Service
- OptomCAS Directory of schools
- Committee Letter Process
- Letter of Recommendation Guidelines
- OAT: Optometry Admissions Test
** Taken from Explore Health Careers website: http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/Field/8/Optometry