SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I want to be an optometrist but I'm already 100K in debt from undergrad. After optometry school, I'd be 300k-350K in debt because I have to go to an out-of-state school. Am I crazy to even be considering this? Most people say I should consider medical school (Ophthalmology), which I did, but I'm not that interested in doing surgery. I think being a Peds Ophth would be cool but that's an extremely long, hard road and I'm not sure it's worth it...especially if surgery isn't something I absolutely have to do, to be satisfied with my career. What do you guys think about the huge debt load? Edit: I've already been accepted and I'm interested in academic/research optometry. (<--Not sure if my future salary will be lower than a clinical optometrist in private practice, commercial, etc.??) Speaking of academic/research optometry, how much do they make? I've tried to research it online but I can't find any figures. Anyone have an idea?