There are a lot of steps and a big process when you are training to become an optometrist. An

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There are a lot of steps and a big process when you are training to become an optometrist. An optometrist has to go through schooling, training, and of course hands-on preparation. This seems like a lot for just one job, and it is, and there is definitely more to it than just these three things, but in the end it will all pay off. It’s a great career and a great way to make a living. There are a lot of wants today, but there are also a lot needs. Face it, everybody is going to have to go the optometrist every once and a while. Over 70 percent of Americans wear glasses, therefore that 70 percent of people will go to an optometrist. Jobs in the optometry field are always needed. Dr. Marissa Knutson said, “I wouldn't say that it is terribly…show more content…
After a optometrists have finished their schooling, it is required that they have one year of on the job training. Some schools, such as Pacific University, dedicate the 4th year to strictly hands on training. I asked Dr. Nina Nemetz, an optometrist working at Coastal Eye Care, if the schooling expenses are worth it. She said, “It’s a huge financial commitment, but you will be able to pay it over time. It’s doable for sure.” Schooling is obviously key for an optometrist because there is a lot of knowledge needed in just knowing what the eye does. Medicine is one of the more important knowledge based skills for an optometrist, as an optometrist is going to need to diagnose and treat human conditions of the eye. He or she also needs to be able to tell when something is wrong, such as diseases and deformities. Mathematics and biology are important educational values needed for an optometrist. An optometrist uses algebra, geometry, calculus and stats in everyday situations. An optometrist should understand biology, such as tissues, cells, interdependencies and interactions with the environment. Obviously English skills are needed such as, good grammar and spelling are major. One simple spelling error on a prescription could ruin someone's sight or even life. An optometrist should have a good background in physics, knowing the laws, understanding fluid, and atmospheric dynamics. It may not seem important for an

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