Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are responsible for two thirds of eye and vision care in the United States. They examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the eye. Optometrists are also part of the health care team in detecting systemic disease and managing the associated ocular manifestations. Doctors of Optometry may also choose to concentrate in areas such as pediatrics, low vision rehabilitation, vision therapy and cornea/contact lenses among others. The career options for Doctors of Optometry are many, ranging from private practice, community health centers and hospitals, to industry, academia and research.
Opportunities that come with a career in optometry
Strong Doctor-Patient Relationships:
Doctors of Optometry preserve one of our most valued senses, vision, which directly impacts quality of life. This creates a special opportunity to build solid relationships through meaningful interactions with patients as you help them maintain their view of the world.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, optometry offers an average net income of $111,790. That’s just the average. Depending on your path of employment, area of expertise and location, income may significantly exceed the average.
As an optometrist, you can have control over so many aspects of your career. From your modality to location, it’s up to you whether you want to:
Practice in a city, suburb or rural setting
Work independently at your own practice or choose employment in a clinical, academic, military, government or public health sector setting
Pursue primary eye care or a specialty practice
Different areas of optometry to explore
Family Practice Optometry
Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
Community Health Optometry
Primary Eye Care
Cornea and Contact Lenses
Low Vision Rehabilitation
Refractive and Ocular Surgery
Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation
10% by 2028 is the expected job growth in optometry – a much faster growth rate than other occupations. SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program
There are a number of ways to learn more about what optometry, vision science and SUNY Optometry have to offer:
A member of our admissions team would be happy to meet with you to provide insight as well as tips for building a competitive application. To request a consultation, please email our General Admissions address at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our campus – We welcome anyone who wants to see for themselves what we’re all about and meet personally with an admissions counselor to discuss their professional pursuits.
Participate in one of our unique CSTEP Programs – Each year—once in the spring and once in the fall—we offer a unique, two-week internship program that immerses participants in the world of optometry. In addition, each summer we offer a free graduate-level course on vision science.
Come to our Open House – We offer two each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.