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Optometry 101. Ryan S. Wally, OD Oxford Eye Clinic/Vision Source! 2167 South Lamar Blvd. Oxford, MS 38655 rebeldoc81@gmail.com. How I got here. University of Alabama at Birmingham, Doctor of Optometry 2008 University of Mississippi, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude 2004.

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optometry 101

Optometry 101

Ryan S. Wally, OD

Oxford Eye Clinic/Vision Source!

2167 South Lamar Blvd.

Oxford, MS 38655

rebeldoc81@gmail.com

how i got here
How I got here
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Doctor of Optometry 2008
  • University of Mississippi, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude 2004
what the public thinks we do
What the public thinks we do….
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8GMFkc3iSA
what we really do
What we really do……
  • Optometry defined:

“Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.”

-American Optometric Association

what we really do1
What we really do……
  • Outlook for the profession:

According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statstics, job opportunities should be very good over the next decade. Why?

        • Favorable work conditions
        • Regular hours
        • Minimum emergency calls
types of optometric practice
Types of Optometric Practice:
  • Individual/Group Private Practice
  • Retail/Optical Settings
  • Optometric/Ophthalmologic Professional Settings
  • Military/Public Health
  • Academic/Research
optometry areas of emphasis
Optometry Areas of Emphasis
  • Family Practice Optometry
  • Primary Eye Care
  • Cornea Contact Lenses
  • Geriatric Optometry
  • Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • Ocular Disease
  • Refractive and Ocular Surgery (LASIK/LASEK)
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Pictures of a typical day

Herpetic Keratitis:

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Pictures of a typical day

Diabetic Retinopathy:

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Pictures of a typical day

Diabetic Retinopathy:

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Pictures of a typical day

Macular Degeneration:

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Pictures of a typical day

Macular Degeneration:

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Pictures of a typical day

Hypertensive Retinopathy:

where do i start
Where do I start?
  • Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
      • https://www.ada.org/oat/
      • Download OAT Guide
      • Test Fee: $270
      • Computerized examination
      • Administered at Prometric Testing Centers
          • Nearest in Tupelo, MS
where do i start1
Where do I start?
  • Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
      • Scope of examination:
        • The OAT is a standardized examination designed to measure general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information.
        • Four Subtests:
          • Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry)
          • Reading Comprehension
          • Physics
          • Quantitative Reasoning
where do i start2
Where do I start?
  • Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
      • Scored on a scale of 200-400
      • Average Score is between 300 and 310.
      • Testing is available year-round, and examinees are allowed to take the computerized OAT an unlimited number of times. However, you must wait at least 90 days between testing dates.
where do i start3
Where do I start?
  • OptomCAS-Optometry Centralized Application

www.optomcas.org

      • Allows optometry applicants to use a single web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple schools and colleges of optometry.
      • Applicants will pay a fee of $150 to enter the system and apply to one school or college of optometry. An additional $50 fee will be charged for each additional school or college to which the student wishes to apply.
optomcas
OptomCAS
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham(UABSO)
    • Birmingham, AL
    • $75 Supplemental fee
    • Deadline to submit OptomCAS and supplemental applications is March 1, 2014.

Source: www.optomcas.org

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OptomCAS
  • University of Houston College of Optometry
    • Houston, TX
    • $50 Supplemental fee
    • Deadline to submit OptomCAS is February 17, 2014 and supplemental applications is March 17, 2014.

Source: www.optomcas.org

optomcas2
OptomCAS
  • Southern College of Optometry
    • Memphis, TN
    • $50 Supplemental fee
    • Deadline to submit OptomCAS and supplemental applications is March 1, 2014.

Source: www.optomcas.org

sreb contracts
SREB Contracts
  • Southern Regional Education Board
      • Allows out-of-state students to pay in-state tuition
      • Some states require a service commitment (Mississippi)
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SREB Contracts
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UABSO)
      • Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) contract positions presently are available to students from the following states: Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Applicants must be certified as residents of the states from which they apply. Students accepted for the SREB contract program pay in-state tuition.
      • Number of positions vary by state. 
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SREB Contracts
  • University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO)
      • Non-Resident Competitive Tuition Waiver (Awarded by UHCO Scholarship Committee)
      • Non-Resident Service Contract Tuition Waiver (MS, NE Residents only)
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SREB Contracts
  • Southern College of Optometry (SCO)
      • Offered to residents of Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia
      • Must be legal-resident of state
      • Number of positions vary by state.
important links
Important links
  • Association of Colleges and Schools of Optometry: www.opted.org
  • OptomCAS: www.optomcas.org
      • OAT: https://www.ada.org/oat/
      • UABSO: www.opt.uab.edu
      • UHCO: www.opt.uh.edu
      • SCO: www.sco.edu
questions
Questions?

Ryan S. Wally, OD

Phone: 662-234-6683

rebeldoc81@gmail.com