Future Eye Doc

Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are responsible for two thirds of eye and vision care in the United States. They examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the eye. Optometrists are also part of the health care team in detecting systemic disease and managing the associated ocular manifestations. Doctors of Optometry may also choose to concentrate in areas such as pediatrics, low vision rehabilitation, vision therapy and cornea/contact lenses among others. The career options for Doctors of Optometry are many, ranging from private practice, community health centers and hospitals, to industry, academia and research.

Opportunities that come with a career in optometry

  • Strong Doctor-Patient Relationships:
    • Doctors of Optometry preserve one of our most valued senses, vision, which directly impacts quality of life. This creates a special opportunity to build solid relationships through meaningful interactions with patients as you help them maintain their view of the world.
  • Earning Potential
    • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, optometry offers an average net income of $111,790. That’s just the average. Depending on your path of employment, area of expertise and location, income may significantly exceed the average.
  • Career Autonomy
    • As an optometrist, you can have control over so many aspects of your career. From your modality to location, it’s up to you whether you want to:
      • Practice in a city, suburb or rural setting
      • Work independently at your own practice or choose employment in a clinical, academic, military, government or public health sector setting
      • Pursue primary eye care or a specialty practice

Different areas of optometry to explore

  • Family Practice Optometry
  • Geriatric Optometry
  • Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Community Health Optometry
  • Primary Eye Care
  • Cornea and Contact Lenses
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • Refractive and Ocular Surgery
  • Pediatric Optometry
  • Ocular Disease
  • Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation

10% by 2028 is the expected job growth in optometry – a much faster growth rate than other occupations.
SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Learn More

There are a number of ways to learn more about what optometry, vision science and SUNY Optometry have to offer:

  • A member of our admissions team would be happy to meet with you to provide insight as well as tips for building a competitive application. To request a consultation, please email our General Admissions address at admissions@sunyopt.edu
  • Visit our campus – We welcome anyone who wants to see for themselves what we’re all about and meet personally with an admissions counselor to discuss their professional pursuits.
  • Participate in one of our unique CSTEP Programs – Each year—once in the spring and once in the fall—we offer a unique, two-week internship program that immerses participants in the world of optometry. In addition, each summer we offer a free graduate-level course on vision science.
  • Come to our Open House – We offer two each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
  • Want to find out what the day-to-day life of an optometrist is like? We can help you find an optometrist in your area to shadow so that you can learn more about the profession.
  • Follow us on social media: twitter_logo facebook_logo YouTube-logo-full_color LinkedIn_logo
  • Visit the Association of Schools and College’s of Optometry national campaign “Become a Future Eye Doc”