Dear ODs and OD students, Don't believe the propaganda of naysayers. Optometrists are highly trained and educated professionals. (not allowed to practice up to their level of training) It is fully reasonable to believe that optometry should change and evolve as science and technology changes the face of medical care. I thought this summery found in a legistalive debate and publicly available would be interesting: Optometry degree curriculum vs. medical degree curriculum The New England College of Optometry (NEWENCO) Dartmouth Medical School (DHMC) "Optometrists must take almost all of courses that medical doctors do to complete their degree. Optometry students take more pharmaceutical courses than medical students. Also, optometry students must take additional, extensive, course work in the specialty of eye care during their four years, therefore, optometry students graduate with a higher number of credit hours than medical students. In addition, the information below shows that graduating optometrists are tested on this knowledge by a uniform national standard."