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Patients Benefiting from Interprofessional Education

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

May 9, 2018 2:07:13 PM

Author:  Dr. Caryn LaBuda, Assistant Professor, Midwestern University 

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The Important Role of Optometrists in Today’s Dynamic Market

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

May 1, 2018 10:25:06 AM

Company Name: Bausch + Lomb

Company Description: Bausch + Lomb, a Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. company, is a leading global eye health organization that is solely focused on protecting, enhancing, and restoring people’s eyesight. Its core businesses include ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, contact lenses, lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments. The company develops, manufactures and markets one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry with products available in more than 100 countries. 

Author: Dr. Jill Saxon is the Senior Director of Professional Strategy at Bausch + Lomb and is part of the leadership team for U.S. Vision Care. Prior to joining Bausch + Lomb, Dr. Saxon worked as an optometrist for more than five years at Randolph Eyecare Center in Randolph, N.J., where she provided both adult and pediatric eye care. Earlier in her career, Dr. Saxon served as an optometrist at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, M.D., as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy.

I’m often asked by students for advice as they begin their career. My answer is simple and consistent—never lose sight of why you chose to be an Optometrist. 

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CooperVision’s Student Ambassador Experience

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Apr 9, 2018 2:45:14 PM

Company Name: CooperVision

Company Description: CooperVision's dedication to prescription contact lens design, materials and manufacturing excellence enhances the wearing experience of contact lens patients the world over. CooperVision concentrates on all day wearing comfort in the widest variety of lens designs, materials and wearing options.

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Retina Focus: How Do You Know if Treatment is Working?

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Apr 3, 2018 10:10:13 AM

Company Name: Diopsys Inc.

Company Description: As the world leader in modern visual electrophysiology, Diopsys, Inc. has done more than any other company to advance the use of electroretinography (ERG) and visual evoked potential (VEP) in the eye care practice. The company’s unique, patented technology provides eye care professionals with objective, functional information about the health of the vision system to aid in the early detection of vision disorders, and post-treatment tracking for enhanced patient management.

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A Visit to Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University - Education Strengthens our Ability to Serve our Customers

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Mar 19, 2018 2:46:47 PM

Company Name: Volk Optical

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Top 10 FAQs for Opening a New Optometry Practice

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Feb 27, 2018 12:42:44 PM

Company Name: Rev360

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Optometrists: Changing Lives on the Daily - Part II

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Feb 12, 2018 11:22:57 AM

Interest in a health professions career such as optometry can spring from a variety of motivations, but a desire to help people is a common inspiration. Sight is such a precious human sense, the care optometrists provide is of immense value to the patients they serve. As shown in the international Barometer of Global Eye Health survey, most people would rather lose a limb or 10 years of their life than lose their vision. The care optometrists provide can be life-changing, and the following stories are just a few examples of how. The stories highlight some of the many different areas in which optometrists can specialize, the expertise available at private practices as well as in the eyecare centers of schools and colleges of optometry, and the dedication optometrists apply to delivering the solutions their patients need.

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Doctors of Optometry: Changing Lives on the Daily - Part 1

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Jan 9, 2018 11:51:54 AM

Interest in a health professions career such as optometry can spring from a variety of motivations, but a desire to help people is a common inspiration. Sight is such a precious human sense, the care optometrists provide is of immense value to the patients they serve. As shown in the international Barometer of Global Eye Health survey, most people would rather lose a limb or 10 years of their life than lose their vision. The care optometrists provide can be life-changing, and the following stories are just a few examples of how. The stories highlight some of the many different areas in which optometrists can specialize, the expertise available at private practices as well as in the eyecare centers of schools and colleges of optometry, and the dedication optometrists apply to delivering the solutions their patients need.

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Starting from the Ground UP - A Guide to Opening a New Optometry Practice

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Nov 14, 2017 2:43:13 PM

Company Name: Rev360

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Is .edu For You?

Posted by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Sep 5, 2017 2:05:08 PM

If this isn’t your first time reading ASCO’s Eye on Optometry blog, you know about the variety and versatility a career in optometry has to offer. The list of potential positions and practice settings is quite long. In just one of the possible settings, academia, which is the focus of this post, a future optometrist has multiple roles to aspire to. For example, faculty members at schools and colleges of optometry include basic science and clinical science professors or instructors. Optometrists teaching in any of these positions may also conduct research or supervise optometry students or residents as they see patients as part of their Doctor of Optometry degree program or residency. Some optometrists work part-time as clinical faculty members while working in another practice setting outside academia. Optometrists may also teach in departments of ophthalmology at medical schools or work with departments of ophthalmology in a hospital setting. In addition, some U.S. Veterans Health Administration hospitals are affiliated with academic institutions, which allows optometrists who are employed there to maintain faculty appointments. Leadership roles, which are often part of a school, college or university administration, are also available to optometrists in academia. Types of positions in this category include Dean of Students, Director of Admissions, Vice President for Student, Alumni and College Development, Vice President for Research, Dean of Academic Affairs, and Director of Internship Programs. 

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About Eye on Optometry

Welcome to Eye on Optometry, a new blog from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)! The main goal of the blog is to provide timely and useful information to anyone who is interested in applying to optometry school. It’s all part of one of ASCO’s many strategic objectives, which is to help the schools and colleges of optometry develop a large, diverse and highly qualified national applicant pool while getting the word out about the attractiveness of a career in the profession.  We will also blog about other optometry-related topics from time to time.

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