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Some people will tell you that doctors of optometry diagnose and treat disorders of the eye. What optometrists really do – each and every day – is make a real difference in real lives. Optometrists reveal new vistas, return lost joys, empower greater achievement, and preserve unlived lives. That’s what optometrists do.

Doctors of Optometry complete a four-year doctoral program to earn the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree.

Admission is very competitive and each optometry program has slightly different criteria. It is important to review the pre-requisites for each school and identify which program you wish to apply and plan accordingly. On average students should maintain a grade point average near 3.40/4.00 or higher, demonstrate leadership skills, expose yourself to the world of optometry, and perform well on the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).

For additional information on pre-optometry studies, please visit the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.

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Life Sciences Building - 2072
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
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