There have been numerous negative posts on this forum with regards to the profession of optometry. Although I think it's important to point-out the negatives of the profession, I think a more balanced view should be presented to pre-optometry and optometry students. I practice in Canada, and have never practiced in the USA, so maybe some of my observations don't apply. First off, I really enjoy optometry. I find it very satisfying to help offer solutions to people having eye problems, whatever they may be. Unlike some ODs, I don't mind refracting. I have owned my own private practice for almost 3 years, and so I have the challenges associated with business ownership, in addition to clinic challenges. I am rarely bored. As far as day-to-day practice goes, I find I see just about everything. Practicing in a small town has also allowed my to develop great relations with the local MDs, and it is the rare day that I don't get at least one referral from a family Dr. Some days I receive several. Despite what some of the negative contributors to the forum say, I AM a part of the health care team in my community. In fact, in the first town where I practiced as an associate, I, along with the other ODs in the practice shared call at the hospital. I was commonly called at 10 or 11 at night to come into the hospital to evaluate and eye injury, or other condition that had the emergency Drs concerned. I realize it's not that way everywere, but that was my experience. With regards to money...it has been great from day one. I am happy with my income, and it increases every year. All in all, optometry has met or exceeded most of my expectations.