I wanted to help keep this forum going...even though I'm not going to optometry school. Anyway, a few years ago I started counting how many of my classmates and how many other people I knew from Tulane were going into optometry school. I think I counted 10 people (all Asian) who are either already in opt school or are interviewing this year. These people graduated between the years of 1997 to 1999. That's a huge number I think, especially from a school like Tulane that sends a high number of students into medical school. About 7 of those people were women. And while some always wanted to go into optometry, most chose optometry because they figured that medical school wasn't a viable option for them. I believe optometry, at least among Asians, is becoming a more and more attractive alternative, even more attractive than, say, dentistry (which is more lucrative than optometry at this point). I make this point because there is a dental school in my city, yet all of those people went hundreds of miles away to go to optometry, and none considered dental school seriously. They all seem to be very happy with optometry, as it is less stressful than medicine and allows them more personal freedom (these are the same reasons that dentists give for their career decisions).