SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Hello! I'm a freshmen in a private university. My mind has been set on optometry. However seeming as I have no guidance, I was hoping someone could clarify things for me. I read that shadowing is an important aspect of applying, however when I approached a eye care center for shadowing opportunities, they only offered an internship. Is the internship(paid) valued more? Personally I think this is a common sense question, but clarity would be greatly appreciated. Also, would it be wise to take the CPO exam AOA offers to gain a job while working towards becoming an OD. Thank you!