Optometrists are eye doctors whose specialty is vision. Most often they work to correct vision problems with eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lenses. They may also test for eye diseases or identify other potential health care issues (like high blood pressure or diabetes) that affect eye health or vision.  They do not perform eye surgery, but may offer pre- or post-operative care for patients undergoing eye surgery or laser vision treatments. Employment is projected 33% growth through 2020. According to the American Optometric Association, the average optometrist works 37.3 hours a week and average $129,385 net income. They also enjoy the personal gratification of helping people.

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Professional Associations and Accreditation

    Entrance Exam

    Optometry schools require the Optometry Admission Test as an entrance exam. Learn more about the OAT here.

    Selected Regional Programs

    Important Note:

    Consult the admissions/application web pages of the professional programs for information on required pre-requisite courses and admissions tests, application procedures, and application deadlines. Some professional/graduate programs will not accept AP or CLEP credits, online courses, or correspondence courses for the core science and math pre-requisite requirements. Many programs also require that all pre-requisite coursework be completed within a certain period of time, e.g., within 5 years prior to application. Policies vary by school and program. Be sure you know the requirements