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A question about different subspecialties

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by Anna Anna, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. Anna Anna

    Anna Anna

    Jun 2, 2008
    I was wondering which one of subspecialities of optometry, low vision care, pediatrics, vision therapy or geriatrics has the best future, and which one has the best research opportunity?Is this even a right comparison to make???

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  3. 362.04

    362.04 SDN Mentor SDN Advisor 7+ Year Member

    Jun 12, 2007
    In my opinion, the concept of subspecialty in optometery is a bit vague. Even if you are qualified by a residency, this might not qualify you as being a "subspecialist" per se in the eyes of the licensing authorities of any state.

    With that limitation in mind, there are recognized residencies or fellowships which many employers recognize and want in their applicants.

    1. In my opinion, the greates opportunity for a career in industry outside of private practice or education is with contact lens or ophthalmic lens companies. The former more than the latter. Many companies want clincal research optometerists to both design as well as collect the clinical data which can best be done by examination of the patient at a company-sponsored contact lens clincial facility.

    2. Low vision is also something that will get much traction in the future. There are already well over several thousand US Army veterans who have suffered some degree of service - connected eye or brain injury. Low vision optometrists who are also schooled in TBI(trauamatic brain injury) will be in demand at the Veterans Administration. There is also a need for post stroke rehabilitation.

    3. Geriatrics isn't really a recognized subspeciality by itself but there are many who will need to complement a geriatric medical practice. I am a consultant to a geriatric clinic and am aware of these issues.

  4. Andrea87

    Andrea87 2+ Year Member

    Nov 24, 2007
    What about sports vision? I think this would be an interesting aspect of optometry, however I really haven't heard of too many people going into it. Is it a dying specialty?
  5. jefguth

    jefguth Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2004
    British Columbia
    It's not really much of a specialty considering only a handful of optometrist would consider themselves specialists in it. Even those that do it don't tend to do it full time. It's really more related to paediatrics/binocular vision.
  6. Anna Anna

    Anna Anna

    Jun 2, 2008
    Thank you all for your responses, but do we really need to know before getting to the school that what are we intrested in?
    From the essay questions of some of the schools I feel like they want us to specify what is our main intrest by asking explain your future professional goals. But don't you guys think it is too soon to decide?

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