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Optometry - O.D.

    Optometry - O.D.

    There are 17 schools of optometry in the United States. Optometrists are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures. In some states, optometrists are allowed to perform corrective laser surgeries on the eye. Most optometrists are in general practice, but have the opportunity to specialize in contact lenses, geriatrics, low vision services, occupational vision (to protect and preserve workers'
    vision), pediatrics, sports vision, and vision therapy. There are few emergency calls in optometry, and flexible hours allow for a personal life.

    Board certification is in 3 parts. The first board exam occurs in the middle of your third year and covers basic science along with ocular physiology. The second part of the board is a written exam which covers the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases and occurs later. The final part of the board is a practical exam with a patient and clinician. Students interested in applying to optometry schools should take the OAT in the spring of their junior year. The OAT is usually given in February and October.


    Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

    All applicants to schools and colleges of optometry are required to take the OAT. The examination lasts approximately 5 hours and is administered in October and February. This test is designed to measure the general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information. The test consists of:

    • Quantitative Reasoning
    • Survey of the Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry)
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Physics

    To order a copy of the OAT application, please contact a Pre-Health Professions Advisor, the Career Center, or write to:

    Optometry Admission Testing Program
    211 East Chicago Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Phone: (312) 440-2693