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Why did you choose to go to optometry school?

I am currently a pre-optometry student, and was wondering what motivated optometrists to choose the field!

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I have been a practicing optometrist for 20+ years now. The time I've spent in my profession has flown by. I think back to why I chose this profession and it was mainly because I wanted to work in health care, be able to have work-life balance and have relative low stress, and be able to help patients in a meaningful way. I had always had eye exams with optometrists growing up and I admired the doctors who took care of me.

Optometrists get to see the positive work they do on a daily basis. The work is fulfilling and interesting. I have found over the course of my career that there are a variety of ways to practice as a optometrist and your interests will guide the path your career takes. This may be working with a certain demographic of patients (like seniors or children) or in a specialty (like contact lenses, ocular disease, or low vision).

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Definitely shadow an optometrist or two as you prepare for the field. It is a way to see what the career entails and you need to work towards obtaining a recommendation from an optometrist for your optometry school application,
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