Optometry As a Career

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Optometry is one of the top professions to have today. Being a cell and molecular biology major, I have the option of pursuing optometry as my future career. Many questions can be asked pertaining to the career, such as:

v What is a Doctor of Optometry and what do they do?

v Where do Doctors of Optometry work and what are the working conditions?

v What schooling/training do Doctors of Optometry need?

v Is there a demand for Doctors of Optometry?

In this paper, I will focus on these questions while exploring the expanding career of optometry. However, since I am an undergraduate, a majority of this paper will focus on the schooling/training aspect of optometry.

Of all Americans, the percent of people ages 18-29 that wear glasses or contacts is around 54%. Of Americans ages 49 and higher, 90% wear glasses or contacts. (Holladay 1) Who diagnoses and treats these patients? Optometrists. According to the American Optometric Association (2002), optometrists are doctors who "are independent, primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the vis

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