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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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How to Implement a School Vision Screening in Your Community

Building a patient base as a new optometrist can be challenging. However, providing a service for your community, such as a vision screening, will both set you apart and also attract new families to your practice. This article will hopefully provide stepping stones for creating relationships with schools, performing vision screenings, and following up with schools …

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To be or not to be (a Resident): That is the Question

  Throughout the four years of optometry school, students spend time learning about clinical skills and patient care, all in the hopes of becoming a successful doctor after graduation. As health care professionals, we define success as being able to treat patients to the best of your abilities. I mean, isn’t that the reason we joined this profession? …

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The Golden Rules of Practicing Optometry in California

California is home to three schools of optometry – UC Berkeley School of Optometry, Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO), and Western University of Health Sciences. Ever thought of practicing optometry in the Golden State? Then you may want to take a closer look at how the profession is legislated. California optometrists and the California …

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Optometry Scope of Practice & Legislation in Quebec, Canada

Here’s another article in our legislative series. Optometry is a legislated profession in the United States and Canada, and the laws on practicing in Canada differ from those on practicing in the United States. Thanks to the University of Montreal‘s AOSA Trustee Mylene Desjardins for writing the article! How to become an optometrist in Quebec, Canada: You must obtain an …

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Tennessee Optometry: Wide Scope of Practice and Legislation

Optometry is a legislated profession, meaning that federal and state legislation dictate the current rules and regulations for optometrists. Thinking of practicing optometry in Tennessee? Fortunately, optometrists and the state association has worked hard to advocate for the profession and has made great strides so optometrists in the state can practice to the fullest extent …

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Optometry Scope of Practice and Legislation in Illinois: Get Involved!

“Optometry is a legislated profession.” Every student has heard this from day one of optometry school, but what does it mean exactly? Optometry is legislated because what we can (and cannot) do is determined solely by law. Each state has their own set of rules for the regulation of optometry. Read below for the current …

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A Legislated Profession: Practicing Optometry in Massachusetts

When I began looking into optometry school I kept hearing this phrase that made me a little uneasy…”optometry is a legislated profession.” At the time I didn’t really give it too much thought because, well, I was more worried about getting into school than what I’d be able to do after I graduated. Now that …

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13 Articles from our New Grad Financial and Business Journalist Ross Chatwin

Ross Chatwin, a new grad from the Southern College of Optometry class of 2014 and Financial and Business Content Journalist for OS, has contributed many great clinical pearls and articles with advice on everything from student loans to malpractice insurance over the last few years. We’d like to thank Ross for all his great work! Ross is …

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