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Optometry, a focus on vision

  1. 1. Optometry: A Focus on Vision Brian Godard, O.D. Optometrist Presentation created by: Taline Farra, OD, MSc, FAAO Associate Professor of Optometry New England College of Optometry Director of Admissions
  2. 2. What is a Doctor of Optometry? ► A primary health care professional for the eye. ► Examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures. ► Identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. - American Optometric Association
  3. 3. What do Doctors of Optometry do? ► Healthy eyes  Myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia  Binocular vision ► Eye diseases  Treated with pharmaceutical agents ► Systemic disease with ocular manifestations  DM, HTN, thyroid, cancer, HIV ► Provide pre/post-op care  Cataract, refractive, retinal, laser surgery
  4. 4. The 3 O’s ► Optician  Fit, grind and dispense spectacles ► Optometry  Primary eye care provider ► Ophthalmology  Medical Doctor specializing in eye disease and surgery
  5. 5. Why Optometry? ► Job satisfaction      Provide meaningful work make difference in people’s lives Immediate gratification Clean work Patients like coming to see you! ► Regular hours (full time vs part time)  Minimal emergency calls ► Good income ► Freedom in choosing location to live and practice ______________________________________________________ ► = Good quality of life
  6. 6. Go eyes! Alcon ► Optometry ranked 2nd - best profession US News and World Report Jan 5, 2006 ► Optometry rated “excellent” in a guide to careers - US News and World Report March 19, 2007 ► Optometry rated as one of “Best Careers 2008” - US News and World Report Dec 19, 2007
  7. 7. Modes of Practice ► Solo Private Practice ► Partnership or Group Practice ► Interdisciplinary Care ► Retail/Optical Settings ► Optometric/Ophthalmologic Professional Settings ► Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) ► Military/Public Health ► Academic/Research ► Corporate/Industrial ► Consultants
  8. 8. Annual Net Income Potential Median Mean Self-Employed $140,000 $175,000 Salaried $90,000 $98,000 - 2007 American Optometric Association Economic Survey For estimated figures by location, visit: www.salary.com
  9. 9. Colleges of Optometry ► 16 Colleges/Schools of Optometry in the US. ► No valid ranking of Optometry schools. NECO ► Accreditation ► Private vs. state ► University v. Independent ► Ranges in tuition ► Financial aid available
  10. 10. Common Prerequisite Courses ► Biology with lab ► Calculus ► Physics with lab ► Statistics ► Chemistry with lab ► Organic chemistry ► Biochemistry with lab ► Microbiology with lab ► 3 + 4 year program ► Psychology ► English ► Social Sciences ► Other Humanities
  11. 11. Requirements for Optometry School ► A properly completed application for admission, including a personal essay ► Official transcripts from all colleges attended ► Official Optometry Admission Test (OAT) scores (for more info: www.opted.org) ► Letters of recommendation ► Optometry experience/exposure ► Personal interview
  12. 12. Optometric Education ► 4 year curriculum       Health science Vision science Ocular disease Systemic disease Optics Binocular vision  Clinical Rotations
  13. 13. Post-Optometric Education ► Residency  Primary Care Optometry  Pediatric Optometry  Geriatric Optometry  Vision Therapy  Low Vision  Cornea and contact lens  Ocular Disease ► Research  Masters  PhD
  14. 14. Licensure ► Doctor of Optometry degree ► Pass National Board Examinations in Optometry ► Individual State Requirements
  15. 15. Significant Future Demand! ► Aging population of baby boomers will increase demand for optometric services ► Replacement of retiring optometrist
  16. 16. Important Websites ► www.aoa.org and www.opted.org Any additional questions? drgodard@gmail.com
  17. 17. The New England College of Optometry Dr Taline Farra Director of Admissions
  18. 18. Current Colleges of Optometry ► ► ► ► ► ► ► ► ► ► ► ► ► ► ► ► ► Illinois College of Optometry Indiana College of Optometry Inter American University of Puerto Rico Michigan College of Optometry (Ferris State) New England College of Optometry Northeastern State University (in Oklahoma) NOVA Southeastern University The Ohio State University Pacific University (in Oregon) Pennsylvania College of Optometry Southern California College of Optometry Southern College of Optometry State University of New York University of Alabama (Birmingham) University of California (Berkeley) University of Missouri (St Louis) University of Houston
  19. 19. 2006  Mean Net Income Median Net Income Self-Employed Solo $ 134,094 $ 115,000 Partnership or group (2person) $ 176,944 $ 149,000 Partnership or group (3-5  person) $ 179,205 $ 141,000 Partnership or group (6 or  more) $ 159,300 $ 92,500 Optical chain franchise or  lease $ 100,704 $ 90,000 Independent contractor $ 94,520 $ 94,000 Other self-employed $ 128,400 $ 64,000 Employed By Optometrist (s) $102,981 $ 85,000 Ophthalmologist (s) $ 115,250 $100,500 HMO $107,125 $104,000 Hosp/clinic/other multidiscipline. $101,867 $ 98,000 Optical chain $ 91,400 $ 91,000 Armed forces, VA, USPHS $ 101,579 $ 84,000 Other employed $ 106,000 $ 95,000
  20. 20. Our Main Objective  Dedicated to making you a successful and cutting-edge optometrist in any setting you choose.
  21. 21. What’s so different about NECO?  Clinical Program  Curriculum 2010  Research  College Community  Boston and Back Bay
  22. 22. The New England Eye Institute The Clinical Affiliate of NECO  Clinical network dedicated to patient care and clinical teaching.  Widely distributed throughout Boston
  23. 23. The New England Eye Institute Associate Traditional Clinical Organizations  NEEI Commonwealth  Community health centers  BU Boston Medical Center  Tufts New England Medical Center  VA hospitals
  24. 24. The New England Eye Institute Innovative Clinical Programs  Homeless Service  Low vision and Geriatrics Service  Pediatric school health programs and rehabilitation programs  International Programs  VOSH
  25. 25. The New England Eye Institute Student Involvement  1st year: Screenings  2nd year: Clerkships  3rd year: Primary Care Rotations  4th year: Full-time patient care Community-based health center Veterans Affairs Medical Center Special Populations Elective Rotation
  26. 26. Curriculum 2010  Prepares you to practice as a future optometrist.  Prepares you for Credentialing and Privileging within the NEEI system.
  27. 27. Research  Among the top optometry schools in National Eye Institute research funding.  Only private optometry school committed to research  Combined M.Sc./O.D. Program for selected students
  28. 28. College Community  Small private college  Professional yet relaxed atmosphere  Friendly students and approachable faculty  Social events  Beautiful building and facilities
  29. 29. Boston and the Back Bay  A cultural center and educational leader  Top businesses: Education Health Care  Safe Area!
  30. 30. NECO Pre-requisites  Biology (with lab): 2 sem or 3 quarters  Chemistry (with lab): 2 sem or 3 quarters  Physics (with lab): 2 sem or 3 quarters  O-Chem (with lab): 1 sem or 2 quarters  Microbiology: 1 sem or 2 quarters  Math (incl calc): 2 sem or 3 quarters  Psychology: 1 sem or 2 quarters  English: 2 sem or 3 quarters
  31. 31. NECO Current 1st Year Stats  Ave GPA: 3.34 ± 0.29  Ave OAT AA: 331 ± 19  Class size: 115 (total apps: 739)  Males: 31 Females: 84

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