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.