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Amplify your optometry school experience and see what it means to get involved in our profession as the annual AOSA/AOA conference, Optometry’s Meeting, comes to the Music City, June 19-22, 2024. Optometry’s Meeting provides students a four-day, immersive experience in career development, clinical and practice management skill building, professional networking and advocacy alongside optometry’s leaders. …

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Conquering the Mountain: A Guide to Optometry Student Loan Repayment in the U.S.

Graduation day is a momentous occasion, a culmination of years of hard work and training has paid off and you are now stepping into the exciting world of eye care. But amidst the celebratory confetti, a quieter reality lurks: student loan debt. For most graduates, managing and repaying those loans will be a significant part …

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With the Cost of Boards, How do I Manage to Afford it?

We have all heard about the increase in the price of taking NBEO boards parts 1-3. Students are concerned with how to pay for this cost of $1,380 three different times, totaling about $4,140, and that is in hopes of passing all three parts the first time. What about students who must retake exams? That …

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A Look At Coronavirus For Optometry Students

Disclaimer: The information presented in this article reflects our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic as of March 25, 2020. About COVID-19 On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic, but the disease has been gaining notoriety since early January. The coronavirus, so-named for the crown-like spikes on its surface, …

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5 Things To Keep in Mind When Job Hunting

Whether you are finishing your last semester of optometry school or looking for a change in employment, there are things that you absolutely cannot overlook during your search: 1. Know your state requirements! It should come as no surprise that the requirements for practicing optometry vary greatly from state to state. Knowing what is expected …

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Quick Tips to Decrease Optical Remakes

Troubleshooting Optical Remakes   Alexander Bennett is a second year student at Western University College of Optometry. This isn’t the beginning of his optical career, though. Before optometry school, he worked as an optician at a private practice in Denver, Colorado and has had several articles published in optician-focused publications and websites.  Here’s a Scenario: A new …

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How to help minimize your student loan debt in optometry school

There are not many topics that optometry students would care to discuss less than student loan debt. Aside from the few lucky ones who have a rich uncle to pick up their optometry school tab, student loans are a very real necessity of attending graduate school today and tuition rates are on the rise. But …

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Food for Thought: Corporate Optometry

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and there are three topics you should avoid with your family: politics, religion, and corporate optometry. Let’s treat this article like the thanksgiving dinner table and avoid the first two. But just this once, we’ll break the rule on the third. Plenty of people have pretty strong opinions on corporate …

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