Hello everyone...i've recently looked into optometry as a career. A little of it had to do with the fact that i know i can't handle 8+ yr of med school. Currently, I will be a junior this fall. I have a few questions for optometry students or optometrists: 1. If you could choose your career over again, would you still want to be in the optometry field? why or why not? 2. How was the difficulty range with 4 years of optometry school? 3. If you are an optometrist, after graduating from opt school, how was the job prospect? did u have to relocate? did you initially start with working with a retail chain like lenscrafter? 4. how is the stress level with optometry school in a scale of 0-10 with 0 being the least. how is the stress level with being an optometrist, in private practice or retail? 5. How long did you prepare for the OAT? If you did bad on the OAT, can you take it over again. I know with the DAT and MCAT it looks bad if you retake the test again, but what about the OAT? 6. How did you shadow optometrists in your area, i read that a lot of optometrists do not like students shadowing. Because I will be a junior this year, what do any of you recommend me doing as initial steps, (keep in mind that i have already taken many of the pre-req classes for the schools that i have looked at)? Anything I should do in this summer. Thanks for any and all advice!