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A degree in optometry prepares individuals for a career in eye care. A program in optometry will educate individuals in multiple sciences, and teach them to use those sciences to identify problems within the eye and assist in their remedy. Individuals must obtain a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) in order to function as an optometrist. Entry into an O.D. program requires a decent score on the Optometry Admissions Examination (O.A.T.) and at least three years of post-secondary education. Most students will complete a bachelor's degree prior to applying to an optometry school. Obtaining a doctor of optometry typically requires four years of study.

A curriculum in Optometry may include:

  • Ocular Biology
  • Clinical Science
  • Optics
  • Ocular Disease
  • Ocular Pharmacology

A career in optometry requires individuals to gauge the strength of their patients' vision, provide care, and check for ocular diseases that may occur. For some, a career can result in specialization, providing eye care for a particular group, such as patients with low vision, post-operative care, or children. Optometrists may also pursue careers in research and development. Most optometrists own their own practice, while others may find employment with large businesses or in treatment centers.

All states require optometrists to be licensed, which involves passing marks on the National Boards in Optometry and a doctor of optometry degree. Some states may issue an additional examination, and many states will require continuing education courses in order to maintain their license.

Job growth in optometry is expected to increase very rapidly compared to other jobs, but will have only a small number of new jobs due to the low number of optometrists in general. The demand for optometrists is expected to increase due to an aging population of baby boomers. The average salary for optometrists is approximately $95,000 per year.

Individuals interested in optometry may also wish to consider ophthalmology technician or dispensing optician.

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Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that may have optometry programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting online or a state. Popular schools are defined as the most number of graduates as reported by the latest published IPEDS survey.*

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Illinois College of Optometry

Chicago, IL |

HistoryThe Illinois College of Optometry (ICO), located in Chicago, Illinois, was founded by Dr. Henry Olin in 1872. The school is the oldest continually operating optometry facility in the world. ICO has remained a leader of optometry for over 135 years and has been dedicated to providing a quality education to aspiring optometry students.AcademicsICO provides a ...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Optometry (D)

Salus University

Elkins Park, PA |

Salus University, located in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, was established in 2008 as the graduate studies arm of the Pennsylvania School of Optometry. The Pennsylvania School of Optometry is one of the oldest of its kinds having been founded in 1929.Salus University confers degrees in a small number of health related fields, including: Audiology Doctor of Optometry Orientation and Mobile Therapy Physician Assistant Vision ...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Optometry (D)
  • Ophthalmic, Optometric Support Services and Allied Professions (D)

New England College of Optometry

Boston, MA |

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, New England College of Optometry is a nonprofit private graduate institution. The enrollment at this school is approximately 470 students annually. Fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, this school offers graduate level degrees as a health sciences school.The optometry school program has an annual tuition ...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Optometry (D)
  • Ophthalmic, Optometric Support Services and Allied Professions (D)

Southern College of Optometry

Memphis, TN |

Southern College of Optometry, a nonprofit private graduate level school, is located in Memphis, Tennessee. Enrollment at this school is nearly 490 students annually. Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, Southern College of Optometry awards graduate level degrees as a healthcare school.The optometry school program has an annual tuition which is estimated to ...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Optometry (D)

Southern California College of Optometry

Fullerton, CA |

Located in Fullerton, California, Southern California College of Optometry is a nonprofit private graduate level institution. The annual enrollment for the school is nearly 400 students. Southern California College of Optometry is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities to provide programs as a healthcare school.The optometry school program at Southern ...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Optometry (D)

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL |

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a private research university that includes graduate and professional schools on its campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. NSU offers over 40 undergraduate degree programs, and many more graduate degree programs at the master's and doctoral levels. NSU is known for its excellent faculty who are still actively engaged in their professional careers in the ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $26,700
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling (D)
  • Marriage and Family Therapy (D)
  • Mental Health Counseling (D)
  • Optometry (D)

University of Houston

Houston, TX |

The University of Houston is a leading public research university located in Houston, Texas - the nation's fourth largest city. It has nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that include both online and on campus courses.The university is situated on a 667-acre campus in the center of the downtown area of Houston.  The campus is very green, ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,605
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Clinical Laboratory Science (D)
  • Optometry (D)

Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR |

Pacific University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Forest Grove, OR, it offers a suburban setting for students to study in. Approximately 3,400 students are enrolled annually at Pacific.A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:Health And Clinical ProfessionsEducationBiological And Biomedical ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $38,510
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Optometry (D)
  • Ophthalmic, Optometric Support Services and Allied Professions (D)

Western University of Health Sciences

Pomona, CA |

Located in Pomona, California, Western University of Health Sciences is a nonprofit private graduate level school. The enrollment at this school is about 2,900 students per year. Western University of Health Sciences is a greatly respected health sciences school and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.Western University of ...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Health Preparatory Programs (D)
  • Optometry (D)
  • Osteopathic Medicine (D)

SUNY College of Optometry

New York, NY |

Located in New York, New York, SUNY College of Optometry is a public graduate institution. The annual enrollment for the school is nearly 300 students. SUNY College of Optometry is a highly respected health sciences school and is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.The optometry school program at SUNY College of Optometry has an annual tuition ...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (212) 938-4000

Programs

  • Optometry (D)
  • Ophthalmic, Optometric Support Services and Allied Professions (D)

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, IN |

Founded in 1820, Indiana University in Bloomington has since become the flagship campus of the Indiana University System and the main campus of Indiana University. IU Bloomington is a major research university that is distinguished among the best universities in the world, offering over 300 undergraduate programs and nearly 200 professional degrees. Among its institutions are the Kelley School ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,388
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Optometry (D)
  • Optometric Technician (D)

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA |

The University of California, Berkeley has a reputation of excellence, boasting many renowned graduates and faculty members.  In fact, 20 UC Berkeley faculty members have received Nobel awards.  According to a National Research Council analysis, UC Berkeley has at least 48 highly ranked graduate programs, making it one of the top 10 universities in the nation. The UC Berkeley ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,972
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Optometry (M,D)

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH |

Ohio State University is the largest single campus university in the US. It is located in Columbus, Ohio and is a public research university.HistoryOhio State University was established as a land-grant university in 1870. At that time it was eligible for a grant in accordance with the 1862 Morrill Act and was named Ohio Agriculture and Mechanical ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,037
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Clinical Laboratory Science (D)
  • Medicine (D)
  • Optometry (D)

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX |

University of the Incarnate Word is a nonprofit private institution located in San Antonio, Texas and provides a large number of degree programs for students. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Approximately 7,200 students are enrolled per year at UIW.A list of ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $26,490
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (210) 829-6000

Programs

  • Optometry (D)

Midwestern University - Glendale

Glendale, AZ |

Located in Glendale, Arizona, Midwestern University - Glendale is a nonprofit private graduate institution. The enrollment at this school is nearly 2,500 students annually. Midwestern University - Glendale is a highly respected healthcare and medical school and is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.A number specialty schools of study are operated ...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Optometry (D)
  • Osteopathic Medicine (D)

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL |

University of Alabama at Birmingham is a public college that has a large selection of majors and degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Birmingham, Alabama, in a predominantly urban area. Enrollment at UAB is nearly 18,000 per year.Areas of study available at UAB include:Health And Clinical ProfessionsBiological And Biomedical SciencesBusiness And Marketing StudiesPsychologyCommunications ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,510
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (205) 934-4011

Programs

  • Clinical Laboratory Science (D)
  • Medicine (D)
  • Genetic Counseling (D)
  • Optometry (D)

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI |

FSU, a public institution, offers a variety of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Big Rapids, Michigan, the school offers a rural setting for students to study in. Approximately fourteen thousand students are enrolled annually at FSU.Students may choose from many areas of study, including but not limited to:Security And Protective ServicesBusiness ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,677
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Clinical Laboratory Technician (D)
  • Clinical Laboratory Science (D)
  • Phlebotomy (D)
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies (D)

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, MO |

University of Missouri - St Louis provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and publically funded. UMSL has an annual student enrollment of over seventeen thousand.A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:Business And Marketing StudiesHealth And Clinical ProfessionsEducationPsychologySocial ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,844
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Optometry (D)

Northeastern State University

Tahlequah, OK |

Northeastern State University is a public institution located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Over nine thousand students enroll at NSU per year.Here is a list of some of the popular programs Northeastern State University offers:EducationPsychologySecurity And Protective ServicesBiological And Biomedical Sciences Students applying for admission are asked to submit an application, school ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $5,285
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (214) 748-3647

Programs

  • Clinical Laboratory Science (D)
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling (D)
  • Optometry (D)

Notes: The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2014: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.