Job Title: Pediatric Optometrist
Type of Company: Private optometrist's practice in a suburb of Boston.
Education: BA, Biology •• OD, Optometry
Previous Experience: I worked part-time as an ophthalmic technician during my undergraduate studies.
Job Tasks: I am a pediatric optometrist specializing in visual processing disabilities. I work collaboratively with two other optometrists and an ophthalmologist. I perform comprehensive eye exams including subjective history, visual acuity measurement, muscle assessment, neurological evaluation, subjective refraction, binocular function analysis and ocular disease assessment including dilation and ocular photography.
I have worked collaboratively with various school districts doing core evaluations for students with learning disabilities. Since my specialty is visual processing efficiency, I perform numerous subjective tests to analyze proper visual processing. The results of these tests are used to assess the patient's visual component in learning disabilities.
During a typical day in my office, I examine between twelve and fifteen patients between of 18 months of age and 95, though eighty percent of my patient population is juvenile. I consult with other medical professionals regarding differential diagnoses and necessary referrals. I assist and manage office personnel, including receptionists, technicians and billing staff. I dispense various ophthalmic materials and special order patient contact lenses. I review ophthalmic articles and obtain eighteen hours of continuing education yearly. Occasionally, our office hosts an optometry student and I actively assess the student's proficiency and prepare him for national board review after graduation.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the rewarding experience of helping children to see and process information more efficiently. Visual processing is an important part of the learning process.
The worst part is giving a patient, or a parent of a patient, a diagnosis with poor prognosis. These cases are rare but still occur and are very difficult.
Job Tips: This is a great career for someone who likes physics, mathematics, and biology. This is also a great career for women who hope to balance career and family life in the future. As a mother of four, I find I am able to balance my career and home life within this professional framework.
Additional Thoughts: I love my job and feel very lucky to be in such a rewarding profession. This is a great career choice for either part-time or full-time work. There are many avenues of optometric practice: lecturing, education, private practice, franchise corporate, hospital-based or research.
These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).
Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
As a student at South University, Online Programs, you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.
At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.
Unitek College™ is a privately held vocational school dedicated to helping you gain the skills needed to advance your career or begin a brand new career.
Nursing Degree Programs from Grand Canyon University's College of Nursing & Health Care Professions
Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.
Advance your career. 100% Focused on Health Sciences.
Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education.
Wilkes University’s School of Nursing offers CCNE-accredited online degrees and certificate programs ideal for working health care professionals, instructed by experienced, respected faculty dedicated to mentoring and personalized support for every student.
The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started
U.S. Colleges has been helping students enhance their career skills since 1996.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Optometrists, including: