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Do most optometry students you know had a solid optometry background before applying to optometry school? (i.e. wanted to study optometry as undergraduates, shadowed optometrists, etc) or do many of them seem to have chosen optometry at the last minute?
 

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A friend of mine that was in the MBA program with me had a really nice job..making 80k a year. He got laid off and began to think...this sucks. I want to be my own boss. So 2 semesters before he finished his MBA he decided to go to optometry. He shadowed 2 people for a total of about 80 hours and was accepted to 10-14 schools (I forget the exact number). Yeah...he was worried we would not get in so applied to almost every program.
 

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You gotta be kidding me? Dropped out of the MBA program to go to Optmoetry school for greener pasteurs?
What a moran!
An MBA is more marketable than an OD degree.
You are all full of yourselves.
 

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He graduates with his MBA in May and off to optometry school in Aug/sept. He started getting serious about optometry last summer/fall.

Remember money isn't everything. Sure he could probably make more with his MBA, and he still has the option, but he wasn't happy. He switched so that he would have a job he didn't have to dread to go to in the morning.
 

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having a job you like to wake up to is SO important. And much better than the crappy lab job I was working before I went back to OD school

And, I'm sure the 13 year old I saw on Thursday with an asymptomatic retinal detachment was happy I was there to see him. He came in with broken glasses and left in a car to the retinal specialist for treatment. His mom gave me a big hug and thank you for being there for her son.

days like that make me say THANK GOD I got out of the lab!!

I didnt know what i wanted to do in undergrad. When I decided to go back I took a handful of pre-reqs (psych, statistics) at a CC. Didn't hurt my application one bit.. and showed the adcoms I was serious about going back (since I took them at night while working a 40+ hour a week job)

Good luck guys!
 

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Originally posted by cpw
having a job you like to wake up to is SO important. And much better than the crappy lab job I was working before I went back to OD school

And, I'm sure the 13 year old I saw on Thursday with an asymptomatic retinal detachment was happy I was there to see him. He came in with broken glasses and left in a car to the retinal specialist for treatment. His mom gave me a big hug and thank you for being there for her son.

days like that make me say THANK GOD I got out of the lab!!



CPW,

What kind of lab job did you have before OD school, and how long did you work there for? How did you decide to go into optometry and did you consider any other health care professions?

Your satisfaction in story about the 13 yr old shows that you are truly dedicated and care about your patients. Just out of curiosity, are there times when you wish you could be the specialist so that you could see your patients throughout their condition without having to refer them?

Forgive me for the battery of questions, but I'm trying to decide between 2 different professions myself. I only really considered optometry at the last minute... I'd really like to hear how you (or anyone else for that matter) chose to go into optometry :)
 

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gather 'round children and I'll tell you my story ;)


I started undergrad thinking I wanted to be a pharmacist. After working as a pharmacy tech for three years throughout high school and college I realized I would VERY quickly grow tired of pharmacy no matter how much it paid. Nothing against pharmacy or pharmacists... I just realized it wasn't for me.

Then, not knowing what I wanted to do... I changed my major to biochemistry.. graduated and started working in biotechnology. I worked for a small biotech company in San Diego for about a year and a half. I was at the same lab bench day in a and day out doing the same things, making the same stuff, talking to the same people, making crappy money. (less than 30k a year with a BS degree)

Finally, I'd had enough and started talking to people in my area about different careers. I wanted something where I could use my science and do something that changes every day. I interviewed my OD, my DDS, my MD, my OB/GYN, etc. The one that seemed to fit me the best was being an optometrist. I'd worn glasses or contacts since age 7 and all the ODs I talked to LOVED their jobs. They did tell the pros and cons but all of them said they couldn't see themselves doing anything else. Most of the dentists and MDs I found couldnt say that.

i quit my biotech job and slaved myself to an OD office for 10 bucks an hour to get experience and make sure this is exactly what I wanted to do! (no turning back once Im in)... so I worked for the ODs in the day time.. and finished pre-reqs at a local CC at night. I studied (independantly.. couldn't afford kaplan) for the OAT... took it.. did well... and got into 2 of the 3 schools I applied to. The only school I didnt get accepted to was UCBSO.

So, here I am.. about to start rotations and loving my job. yes, there are down sides. There are down sides to EVERY profession..

I don't feel bad that I can't perform surgeries.. I have no interest in doing it. yes, I had fun doing a PI on a rabbit yesterday, but that was just a cool new thing to learn (not something I'd want to do routinely) I like that i can watch my patients families grow up and do routine care. I'm not the person they to go just cuz they have a major problem. I enjoy primary care. But, it's not for everybody, and you have to do a lot of soul searching to realize where you'll be happy in the vast health care market.

make giant spread sheets of pros and cons and see where you'd be the happiest. Go from there.

hope this helps at least a little in your decision.. good luck! Feel free to come to me with any other questions you have about what OD school is like. :)
 

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CPW,

Thanks for your story :) It was really reassuring to hear that I'm not the only one who'sconsidered different professions and that it's not the end of the world when suddenly, you realize that your original career plans may not be what you had expected.

You're a trooper, CPW! :clap:
 

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Originally posted by Reality check
You gotta be kidding me? Dropped out of the MBA program to go to Optmoetry school for greener pasteurs?
What a moran!
An MBA is more marketable than an OD degree.
You are all full of yourselves.
FYI, you misspelled moron.

...and pastures and optometry.