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Endocrinologist Hans Selye defined stress as a nonspecific response to pressure or demand, and this is still true today. Optometry school demands many factors that can cause stress, from workload to studying for exams, financial commitments and many more. Understanding the effects of stress on our minds and bodies and what we can do to …

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When the Student Becomes the Doctor: Maintaining Knowledge and Skill After Graduation 

As a new graduate, keeping up with the ever-changing world of optometry can be a daunting experience. After years of seemingly non-stop lectures in school, I personally was tempted by the idea of coasting by with online continuing education that required minimal effort. It quickly became clear to me, however, just how fast things change …

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Spotlight on Low Vision

  Whether you’ve already taken a low vision course in optometry school, or are still trying to figure out why you’re spending so much time on telescopes in optics, there’s a lot to low vision that even a non-low-vision optometrist can benefit from knowing. This is especially important because many patients will still see his …

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Fellowships vs Residencies

Which Academic Path is Right for Me? For students looking to explore the world of academia after graduation, the choice between doing a fellowship or a residency may be weighing heavily on their minds. Many optometry students are unaware that fellowships in optometric medicine exist. Students may also be confused as to how they differ …

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Class of 2018: Graduating Writers

  OptometryStudents.com prides itself on being by the students, for the students. We aren’t  students forever, though, and each year we have to bid farewell to our graduating writers and editors who have given so much of their time and talent to helping this site. Here’s what five of our graduating team members are up …

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Insights into the Field of Low Vision

Quick Facts about Low Vision ODs Within the medical community, opinions about the field of low vision can be misguided. Although a large portion of training focuses the art and science of refraction and magnification selection, the reality is that low vision specialists incorporate far more in patient examinations than magnifying glass powers. Doctors who specialize in …

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Doctor in Focus: Sheila Morrison, OD, MS

John: Hi Dr. Morrison, it has been awhile since OS.com has checked in with you! The last time you were interviewed for OptometryStudents.com was back in 2014. At that time, you were a third year at Pacific University of College of Optometry (PUCO) and were involved in things like contact lens research, the sports vision club, a master’s program, …

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The Match that Wasn’t: How I Survived the Post-Match Process and Got a Residency

March 6th started out like most other days; I got up and got ready for another Monday at my externship in Chicago. I checked my e-mail and the results of Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) had been emailed to me. I was excited to see which contact lens residency I got matched to but I saw …

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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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4 Helpful Articles from New Grad and HPSP Recipient Matt Weinheimer

After spending some time in Indiana earning his undergraduate degree and at the Illinois College of Optometry, OS Federal Service Journalist and new grad Matt Weinheimer finds himself practicing halfway around the world at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. Talk about a big move! As an alumnus of the Navy’s Health Professions Scholarship Program, Matt has …

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