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Pharmacy versus optometry

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by iiiimonica, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. iiiimonica

    iiiimonica 4 eyes on me

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    Hello fellow pre healthers!

    Over in the optometry forum some students have asked about the differences between pharmacy and optometry. I was hoping that a few of you kind pre-pharms would be willing to travel over to our forum and talk about what a pharmacist does all day (those of you who have experience in the field).

    Optometry is thought of as a profession that spins dials all day, and phramacy is thought of a profession that counts pills all day. I know that both these generalizations are not true. So come on over and educate fellow pre-healthers.


    Feel free to start a new thread - "Pharmacy from pre-pharm" or whateverr! We can get it stickied since there are many people who consider both.

    Thanks soooo much :love:

    Monica
     
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  3. Apteka

    Apteka Senior Member

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    Funny that you mention it b/c i considered both... i got scared when i saw the pre-optometry exam (a standardized test...)

    Anyhoo, I am friends with a couple- he is the pharmacist and she's the optometrist, and it's interesting how similar, but different the fields are.
    The optometrist is SO knowledgable about light/lenses and the physics of that type of stuff.
    The pharmacist understands the anatomy/physiology of the eye and how certain drugs can treat various conditions of the eye. (Plus, he is up to date on the new meds that are coming out.)


    Good luck deciding, and have fun researching!
     
  4. TrojanAnteater

    TrojanAnteater Fight On

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    Without knowing a whole lot about optometry, I would say that this comparison is very hard to do, considering the vast range of positions a pharm.D can get. Unless you just mean an optometrist vs. retail pharmacist.
     
  5. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 imagine sisyphus happy
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    Welder vs. Pharmacist.
     
  6. damon

    damon Junior Member

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    It takes 6 years of college to become a welder? Yikes!
     
  7. Seveneighty

    Seveneighty ego sum venenum

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    Actually, twice that. 12 years. The comparison is closer to Welder vs. Physician.
     
  8. damon

    damon Junior Member

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    Perhaps we should just make it
    Welder vs. Sub-Specialty Surgeon
     
  9. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 imagine sisyphus happy
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  10. ForcedEntry

    ForcedEntry Lilo got stitched

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    I would love to see you try and purge a nuclear chiller pipe.
     
  11. pharmwannebe2

    pharmwannebe2 Senior Member

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    Oh gosh that is too many years of schooling for me.
     
  12. Chuckwalla

    Chuckwalla Junior Member

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    I actually have the same debate going on. One of the things about optometry that really turned me off was that a very high percentage is self-employed and very few people are hiring optometrists. There are many many jobs for pharmacists. Not to mention optometrists will always come second to opthalmologists.
     
  13. Darvocet

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    opthalmologists are MDs. with that thinking you could just as easily say Pharmacists will always come second to physicians.
     
  14. Chuckwalla

    Chuckwalla Junior Member

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    I am well aware opthamologists are MDs. They do everything an optometrist does plus they do surgery. Pharmacists and physicians on the other hand do different things.
     
  15. Charles01

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    I've talked to several Ph D. pharmacists (at pharmacy schools and other places) and they all say that the employability of pharmacists is amazing and is only going to get better.

    I love the idea of this, because if I get a lousy position it won't be too hard to just pack up and leave after while.

    Also, there's lots of scholarship money out there for pharmacy school. I've met several first year practicing pharmacists who, as a sign on bonus, get REAL help with paying off their student loans.

    I was heavily thinking about optometry, but I'm too concerned about the employability issue and how ~80% of eye care profits come from selling eyeglasses, frames, contacts and such - which is what the millions of optical chains get - while the eyecare exams are ~20%.

    There's a yahoo group called "optometrysucks" (that's what they named it not me ) that scared the bejesus out of me regarding optometry. It has all these testimonials about disgruntled o.d.'s. It's scary enough to make you never consider going to od school.

    I've already abandoned one career (teaching), so I chose pharmacy over optometry because it seems to have a much brighter and stable future.
     

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