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Optometry Schools in the United States
Optometry Schools in the United States provide the classroom instruction and hands-on training required to become a practicing Optometrist. All states require optometrists to be licensed and all require a prospective optometrist to have a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from an accredited optometry school. In all states licensure also requires that a prospective optometrist successfully complete all sections of the National Boards in Optometry. Some states require an additional exam. Many states require optometrists to take continuing education and to renew their license periodically. The curriculum at U.S. Optometry Schools is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the National Boards and to become effective practicing optometrists.
Optometry Schools in the United States supplement this classroom instruction with extensive supervised hands-on experience in clinical settings. Some schools also offer advanced degrees for individuals who want to pursue research and academic careers in Optometry. For individuals who have earned their O.D. degree, many Optometry Schools sponsor or facilitate residency programs where optometrists get advanced clinical training in a specialty. Specialty areas for residency programs include family practice, primary eye care, pediatric or geriatric optometry, vision therapy and rehabilitation, cornea and contact lenses, refractive and ocular surgery, low vision rehabilitation, ocular disease, and community health optometry.
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