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What are factors that make your career interesting?

I would like to be an optometrist, so I am worried that in the long run, I will get bored looking at just eyes. #eyes #optometry

Thank you comment icon I had that fear as well, but I am far from bored. However, I see mostly an older and sicker population, so I get numerous complex cases. Those are very satisfying and are in no way boring. Also, there is so much to learn, even after graduation, that I doubt any of us are bored. Jared Cox

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Jessica’s Answer

The cool thing is that we are advancing the technology used in eye care, and with research we are learning more and more about human health.

You can add specialties as you advance in your career. Dry eyes are a big thing right now. Treating the different diseases can be very interesting! You can see a lot about a person's health through their eyes. And I'm constantly learning new things in the eye care field.

One of the doctors I worked with was involved in clinical research as well.

I'm not an optometrist, but I'm an optician and have worked with many different optometrists and ophthalmologists.

So my advice is to do more than a basic eye exam and refraction and focus on the medical side of treating eyes. It's more profitable and in my opinion more interesting and ever evolving as we learn more.

Jessica recommends the following next steps:

Pick a specialty and become an expert
Focus on medical issues
Become involved in clinical research
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Molly’s Answer

As an optometrist, I can assure you no two patients are the same! I work exclusively with low income kids and every day I am challenged. Doing out reach programs with schools/youth/homeless, working with sports teams, or getting involved in research are good ways to keep it "fresh"; however, I am 5 years into my career and already feeling and understanding the monotony of the field.

Molly recommends the following next steps:

Consider going into the healthcare/ophthalmic industry and doing research! Something new every day!
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Steve’s Answer

As someone once said: Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness. I've found that I needed to be passionate about what I was doing to ensure I fully immersed myself in my career. But I also found that me "needs" changed so I learnt that my career was a journey rather than just a destination.

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