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Proud to be an Optometrist!

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by glau, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. glau

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    I'm not actually in Optometry school, but I am currently an applicant.However I wanted to make this thread because I am saddened by the inferiority complex that I feel alot of optometrists carry around.

    On this forum I see individuals posting up threads that compare salaries, job satistfaction rating, employment rates and other stats (that are kickass in any case ;) ) for optometry. I doubt any of that occurs on the MD forums.

    I believe what optometrists should be truely proud of is the fact that although optometrists do not get the same sensationalization as other physicians and health care professionals, WE STILL CHOOSE TO PRACTICE.

    To me, this means that when one chooses to practice optometry, it reflects a care and empathy of the individual in taking care of another's health in the "purest" form, without the possibility of those intentions being confounded with the desire to be rich (although optometrists make a very comfortable living) and famous (eg: "to be like House").

    I come from a university that frowns on any health related professional program except for Medicine, and Pharmacy. For me, even with all that saturating my everyday life, I still choose optometry.

    To all the optometrists, even if someone marginalizes the practice of optometry, no one should correct that individual. Optometrists everywhere should be happy that that are actually doing health care in the "purest" form, with the intention to help others.

    Hopefully this little essay doesn't anger anyone else, I don't mean to insult anyone.

    I got to head back to study for exams. :(
     
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  3. SarahNC

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  4. mathcod

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    I actually think optometrists are revered by the community. Pharmacists, on the other hand, don't receive celebrity and are usually ignored. There are customers who don't accept their advice, to the point of being unpleasant. Or at least that's what my pharmacist sister says.
     
  5. eyestrain

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    Oh dear Lord. Celebrity? This thread is full of the blind leading the blind, or more just the blind talking out of their asses.
     
  6. Eye

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    What University is that? McGill?

    Just curious, :p
     
  7. UNMorBUST

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    :bullcrap: He/she more than likely had one bad day, vented to his/her sister. Then said sister goes to you " Pharmacists have no 'Celebrity'." Plus never relay sister, cousin, uncle, friend said this. Only mention something if THEY said it.
     
  8. Dwight Schrute

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    I don't know if celebrity is the right word, but if you've ever lived in a fairly small town, people like physicians, dentists, optometrists, school principals, preachers, are highly respected and well-known people throughout the community.
     
  9. KHE

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    Again with the respect thing.....

    People....please, please, PLEASE understand the following:

    1) Many people have no respect for doctors (of all types)
    2) Many people have no respect for lawyers (of all types)
    3) Many people have no respect for clergy
    4) Many people have no respect for teachers
    5) Many people have no respect for the President.
    6) Many people have no respect for the last President we had
    7) Many people will have no respect for the NEXT President.
    8) Many people have no respect for plumbers (until that toilet overflows)
    9) Many people have no respect for cops

    You all really need to stop thinking about and being concerned about how "respected" you're going to be.

    Some other poster on here once posted that the only people who seem to be universally respected are:

    Astronauts
    Ninjas
    Maybe Mother Theresa

    That's about it.

    There is an old poem titled "The Man in the Glass." Do a google search for it, and read it. Basically, the "man in the glass" is the only person you should crave respect from.
     
  10. IndianaOD

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    I think Samurai are more respected than Ninjas! :D
     
  11. Jay12

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    Try paying the bills with RESPECT...:rolleyes:
     
  12. Dwight Schrute

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    That wasn't my point. I was merely trying to point out the celebrity-like view that many well-educated people obtain in a small community. Thanks for the lecture though. :rolleyes:
     
  13. mathcod

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    Olympic gold medalists are also highly respected. If the profession has been mentioned in at least one metal gear game, it's probably well respected.
     
  14. RxWildcat

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    You can also obtain this celebrity-like view in a small town by getting a DUI or
    being a registered sex offender.
     
  16. UNMorBUST

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    :laugh::laugh: QFT
     
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    Hardly the same thing. Your astute insight is always appreciated though, eyestrain.
     
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