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Optometry: A Focus on Vision Brian Godard, O. D. Optometrist Presentation created by: Taline Optometry: A Focus on Vision Brian Godard, O. D. Optometrist Presentation created by: Taline Farra, OD, MSc, FAAO Associate Professor of Optometry New England College of Optometry Director of Admissions

What is a Doctor of Optometry? ►A primary health care professional for the eye. What is a Doctor of Optometry? ►A primary health care professional for the eye. ► Examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures. ► Identify the eye. related systemic conditions affecting - American Optometric Association

What do Doctors of Optometry do? ► Healthy eyes § Myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia § What do Doctors of Optometry do? ► Healthy eyes § Myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia § Binocular vision ► Eye diseases § Treated with pharmaceutical agents ► Systemic disease with ocular manifestations § DM, HTN, thyroid, cancer, HIV ► Provide pre/post-op care § Cataract, refractive, retinal, laser surgery

The 3 O’s ► Optician § Fit, grind and dispense spectacles ► Optometry § The 3 O’s ► Optician § Fit, grind and dispense spectacles ► Optometry § Primary eye care provider ► Ophthalmology § Medical Doctor specializing in eye disease and surgery

Why Optometry? ► Job satisfaction § Provide meaningful work § make difference in people’s Why Optometry? ► Job satisfaction § Provide meaningful work § make difference in people’s lives § Immediate gratification § Clean work § Patients like coming to see you! ► Regular hours (full time vs part time) § Minimal emergency calls ► Good income ► Freedom in choosing location to live and ___________________________ ►= Good quality of life practice

Go eyes! Alcon ► Optometry - US News and World Report Jan 5, 2006 Go eyes! Alcon ► Optometry - US News and World Report Jan 5, 2006 ► Optometry - rated “excellent” in a guide to careers US News and World Report March 19, 2007 ► Optometry - ranked 2 nd best profession rated as one of “Best Careers 2008” US News and World Report Dec 19, 2007

Modes of Practice ► Solo Private Practice ► Partnership or Group Practice ► Interdisciplinary Modes of Practice ► Solo Private Practice ► Partnership or Group Practice ► Interdisciplinary Care ► Retail/Optical Settings ► Optometric/Ophthalmologic Professional Settings ► Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) ► Military/Public Health ► Academic/Research ► Corporate/Industrial ► Consultants

Annual Net Income Potential Median Mean Self-Employed $140, 000 $175, 000 Salaried $90, 000 Annual Net Income Potential Median Mean Self-Employed $140, 000 $175, 000 Salaried $90, 000 $98, 000 - 2007 American Optometric Association Economic Survey For estimated figures by location, visit: www. salary. com

Colleges of Optometry ► 16 Colleges/Schools of Optometry in the US. ► No valid Colleges of Optometry ► 16 Colleges/Schools of Optometry in the US. ► No valid ranking of Optometry schools. ► Accreditation NECO ► Private vs. state ► University v. Independent ► Ranges in tuition ► Financial aid available

Common Prerequisite Courses ► Biology with lab ► Chemistry with lab ► Physics with Common Prerequisite Courses ► Biology with lab ► Chemistry with lab ► Physics with lab ► Organic chemistry ► Biochemistry with lab ► Microbiology with lab ► 3 + 4 year program ► Calculus ► Psychology ► Statistics ► English ► Social Sciences ► Other Humanities

Requirements for Optometry School ►A properly completed application for admission, including a personal essay Requirements for Optometry School ►A properly completed application for admission, including a personal essay ► Official transcripts from all colleges attended ► Official Optometry Admission Test (OAT) scores (for more info: www. opted. org) ► Letters of recommendation ► Optometry experience/exposure ► Personal interview

Optometric Education ► 4 year curriculum § Health science § Vision science § Ocular Optometric Education ► 4 year curriculum § Health science § Vision science § Ocular disease § Systemic disease § Optics § Binocular vision § Clinical Rotations

Post-Optometric Education ► Residency § § § § Primary Care Optometry Pediatric Optometry Geriatric Post-Optometric Education ► Residency § § § § Primary Care Optometry Pediatric Optometry Geriatric Optometry Vision Therapy Low Vision Cornea and contact lens Ocular Disease ► Research § Masters § Ph. D

Licensure ► Doctor of Optometry degree ► Pass National Board Examinations in Optometry ► Licensure ► Doctor of Optometry degree ► Pass National Board Examinations in Optometry ► Individual State Requirements

Significant Future Demand! ► Aging population of baby boomers will increase demand for optometric Significant Future Demand! ► Aging population of baby boomers will increase demand for optometric services ► Replacement of retiring optometrist

Important Websites ► www. aoa. org Any additional questions? and www. opted. org drgodard@gmail. Important Websites ► www. aoa. org Any additional questions? and www. opted. org [email protected] com

The New England College of Optometry Dr Taline Farra Director of Admissions The New England College of Optometry Dr Taline Farra Director of Admissions

Current Colleges of Optometry ► ► ► ► ► Illinois College of Optometry Indiana Current Colleges of Optometry ► ► ► ► ► Illinois College of Optometry Indiana College of Optometry Inter American University of Puerto Rico Michigan College of Optometry (Ferris State) New England College of Optometry Northeastern State University (in Oklahoma) NOVA Southeastern University The Ohio State University Pacific University (in Oregon) Pennsylvania College of Optometry Southern California College of Optometry Southern College of Optometry State University of New York University of Alabama (Birmingham) University of California (Berkeley) University of Missouri (St Louis) University of Houston

2006 Mean Net Income Median Net Income Self-Employed Solo $ 134, 094 $ 115, 2006 Mean Net Income Median Net Income Self-Employed Solo $ 134, 094 $ 115, 000 Partnership or group (2 person) $ 176, 944 $ 149, 000 Partnership or group (3 -5 person) $ 179, 205 $ 141, 000 Partnership or group (6 or more) $ 159, 300 $ 92, 500 Optical chain franchise or lease $ 100, 704 $ 90, 000 Independent contractor $ 94, 520 $ 94, 000 Other self-employed $ 128, 400 $ 64, 000 Employed By Optometrist (s) $102, 981 $ 85, 000 Ophthalmologist (s) $ 115, 250 $100, 500 HMO $107, 125 $104, 000 Hosp/clinic/other multidiscipline. $101, 867 $ 98, 000 Optical chain $ 91, 400 $ 91, 000 Armed forces, VA, USPHS $ 101, 579 $ 84, 000 Other employed $ 106, 000 $ 95, 000

Our Main Objective Ø Dedicated to making you a successful and cutting-edge optometrist in Our Main Objective Ø Dedicated to making you a successful and cutting-edge optometrist in any setting you choose.

What’s so different about NECO? Ø Clinical Program Ø Curriculum 2010 Ø Research Ø What’s so different about NECO? Ø Clinical Program Ø Curriculum 2010 Ø Research Ø College Community Ø Boston and Back Bay

The New England Eye Institute The Clinical Affiliate of NECO Ø Clinical network dedicated The New England Eye Institute The Clinical Affiliate of NECO Ø Clinical network dedicated to patient care and clinical teaching. Ø Widely distributed throughout Boston

The New England Eye Institute Associate Traditional Clinical Organizations Ø NEEI Commonwealth Ø Community The New England Eye Institute Associate Traditional Clinical Organizations Ø NEEI Commonwealth Ø Community health centers Ø BU Boston Medical Center Ø Tufts New England Medical Center Ø VA hospitals

The New England Eye Institute Innovative Clinical Programs Ø Homeless Service Ø Low vision The New England Eye Institute Innovative Clinical Programs Ø Homeless Service Ø Low vision and Geriatrics Service Ø Pediatric school health programs and rehabilitation programs Ø International Programs Ø VOSH

The New England Eye Institute Student Involvement Ø 1 st year: Screenings Ø 2 The New England Eye Institute Student Involvement Ø 1 st year: Screenings Ø 2 nd year: Clerkships Ø 3 rd year: Primary Care Rotations Ø 4 th year: Full-time patient care ØCommunity-based health center ØVeterans Affairs Medical Center ØSpecial Populations ØElective Rotation

Curriculum 2010 Ø Prepares you to practice as a future optometrist. Ø Prepares you Curriculum 2010 Ø Prepares you to practice as a future optometrist. Ø Prepares you for Credentialing and Privileging within the NEEI system.

Research Ø Among the top optometry schools in National Eye Institute research funding. Ø Research Ø Among the top optometry schools in National Eye Institute research funding. Ø Only private optometry school committed to research Ø Combined M. Sc. /O. D. Program for selected students

College Community Ø Small private college Ø Professional yet relaxed atmosphere Ø Friendly students College Community Ø Small private college Ø Professional yet relaxed atmosphere Ø Friendly students and approachable faculty Ø Social events Ø Beautiful building and facilities

College Community State of residence for NECO students over the last 4 years International: College Community State of residence for NECO students over the last 4 years International: Bulgaria - 1 Cambodia - 1 China - 3 Ghana - 1 India - 3 Iran - 2 Israel - 1 Nigeria - 1 Pakistan - 2 Panama - 1 Russia - 2 Spain - 1 Taiwan - 1 UK - 6 Yugoslavia - 1

Boston and the Back Bay Ø A cultural center and educational leader Ø Top Boston and the Back Bay Ø A cultural center and educational leader Ø Top businesses: ØEducation ØHealth Care Ø Safe Area!

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NECO Pre-requisites Ø Biology (with lab): 2 sem or 3 quarters Ø Chemistry (with NECO Pre-requisites Ø Biology (with lab): 2 sem or 3 quarters Ø Chemistry (with lab): 2 sem or 3 quarters Ø Physics (with lab): 2 sem or 3 quarters Ø O-Chem (with lab): 1 sem or 2 quarters Ø Microbiology: 1 sem or 2 quarters Ø Math (incl calc): 2 sem or 3 quarters Ø Psychology: 1 sem or 2 quarters Ø English: 2 sem or 3 quarters

NECO Current 1 st Year Stats Ø Ave GPA: 3. 34 ± 0. 29 NECO Current 1 st Year Stats Ø Ave GPA: 3. 34 ± 0. 29 Ø Ave OAT AA: 331 ± 19 Ø Class size: 115 (total apps: 739) Ø Males: 31 Females: 84

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