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What are some tips on becoming a optometrist?

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Hina’s Answer

Hi - I am an Optometrist practicing for 10 years. I remember the biggest thing was experience- they really want to make sure you know what the career entails and you are are truly passionate about the field. Look up the preqs for the schools you are interested in, it can vary quite a bit. I would say even consider not having a major if your school does not offer pre-optometry and finishing up the pre-reqs. I also took an OAT class which I found super helpful. Good Luck!
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Estelle’s Answer

My daughter is a 4th year optometry student. These were her steps:
4 year college degree with excellent grades (3.75 or better)
Your major is not as important as your undergraduate grades, your OAT score, your letters of reference, and your personal statements on your optometry school application. For now, just focus on finding a college that fits you and your budget and a major that really interests you in college so that you will make great grades and get strong letters of recommendation from professors that recognize your potential.

She then worked part time as an assistant at an optometry office for experience and to learn the language of optometrists.
She studied for the optometry entrance exam know as the OAT. (She purchased a study guide which was very helpful.)
Applied to approximately 6 programs in out state and the surrounding area.
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Helen’s Answer

Hey Axel! I have worked at an optical store for half a year now so my advise to you (like those stated before) would be to expose yourself into the field. This could be by applying to work/volunteer at an optical store. I know that from my experience I have been exposed to quite a bit of the optics field. If you find that you really like it, you could start off as an Optician. This would allow for you to really start working within the field while you continue to purse further education. Let me know if you would like more information. I am surrounded by professionals in the field who I could ask your direct questions.
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david’s Answer

Hi, 1) Get a 4 year degree- does not matter which major. 2) volunteer at different health care providers, 3) shadow at least 3 eye care providers. Hope that helps

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Julia’s Answer

Hi Axel. I am an optometry student and I did several interviews before choosing a school. Schools like that you get good grades in the science classes, but it's also really important to expose yourself to the field. Shadowing is very important and I would recommend calling or emailing a practice to ask if they would allow you to shadow. I did this and also worked as a salesperson and later as an optician.

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