Originally Posted by IandI
I'm not questioning that you both have extraordinary insights into Optometry as a career choice.
I think everything, everything you say about the current state of Optometry and its future is absolutely acurate.
I just think it so strange that you both seem obsessed to set everyone straight over and over and over again !
You have promptly commented on every post and pretty much made your point and crushed any dissent, its very clear now how you feel.
You two are very eloquent and witty great guys, anybody who says different is crap.
People have been warned Jason, you have done your job here Tippytoe.
You have made a difference.
I appreciate what you've said here, but the reason I don't just "hang it up," is because there are new visitors and "invisible visitors" to this site every day. I get PMs from them quite often. My inbox is full of people saying "Thanks, dude - everything you say checks out when I've asked around to ODs in my area." They deserve to know the truth just as much as the folks who've been on here for years. I can only wish I would have spent time on here when I was a pre-opt. It would have saved me a ton of grief.
I'm doing my part to keep money out of the pockets of those who would profit from students ill-fated professional aspirations and to give fair warning to students who would accept advice from someone who's "been there." If they choose to ignore what I say and enter the profession, I wish them well, and at least they can't say they weren't warned.
Every OD I know complains about the rampant oversupply of ODs and how it's crushing the profession, but very few of them take the time to share what they know with those who don't. If more of them did, we might not be in the mess that we're in. I'm sorry to say I'm thrilled to be leaving the very expensive dead weight behind me, but like others who have or will leave optometry, it's been a very expensive mistake.
On several occasions, I've heard numerous ODs say "If the AOA would only come out and make a statement indicating that we have a sufficient supply of ODs, we'd be done with the new school problem." Why not take the reverse approach? If every OD out there who sees the problem for what it is would simply be honest with a the students who approach them, the problem might solve itself. It's really too late now for that anyway, but at least by keeping people informed, it might limit the money flowing into greedy pockets of private school administrators, the AOA, and commercial entities that are strangling the profession with wire supplied by the profession itself.