Shadowing Hours


New Member
Dec 14, 2018
    When it comes to applying to optometry schools, do you think its okay to mainly have experience working in ophthalmology? I currently work full time as an ophthalmic technician for two retina specialists (have been for 9 months) and besides that I have only shadowed one optometrist for 16 hours. I still interact with ODs regularly even though I don't technically work in optometry and have a lot of experience and knowledge when it comes to vision care at this point. I also perform refractions for clinical research studies we participate in. Basically, I feel very prepared in this aspect but I'm not sure if this is technically enough to put on applications in terms of shadowing.


    New Member
    Dec 30, 2019
    1. Pre-Optometry

      Each school is different.


      Full Member
      2+ Year Member
      Oct 1, 2018
      1. Optometry Student
        If you've got decent GPA and OAT scores, it won't matter. If you're not doing so well, having experience with optometrists in different specialties (VT, hospitals, private practice, etc.) can really help.

        I'd suggest checking the average GPA/OAT for each school you are interested in and seeing where you lie within those numbers. If you're close or above the average, I think your experience is sufficient! During interviews, really be ready to explain why optometry and not ophthalmology considering your experiences though.

        If you are below, you still stand a chance. I would get at least 10 hours in different settings. In this case, the type of experience outweighs the number of hours.
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