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Pre-Health Advising
Pre-Health Advising

Pre-Optometry

Optometry is a primary health care profession focusing on the visual system (eye). Optometrists do a variety of things from examining, diagnosing, treating, and managing disease, injuries and disorders of the eye. Optometry is a four-year program and requires a state license. Ophthalmologists, on the other hand, are medical doctors that have gone to medical school and done additional years of training. They are MDs or DOs and can do everything an optometrist does in addition to surgery of the eye. Most students interested in optometry major in a science. The requirements for entry into optometry school vary from program to program but most require a year of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics with additional courses in microbiology and math. For more information on optometry visit the websites of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS).