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Is Optometry worth pursuing for me?

Asked 2 years ago by Guest (120 points)

I've been doing more research on optometry. What is your opinion on opternative (visibly) and other online eye exam companies from what I've heard is that most of these companies only provide prescription based eye exams and are not very accurate and perhaps even duplicating old Rx, and do not focus on the overall health of the eye, such as glaucoma, hypertension, diabetes, cataracts, etc. Do you think there will come a point where technology can also take over the health aspects of optometry? And if this is the case wouldn't MD's also be out of luck and any other medical profession? I ask all this because I recently got accepted to Optometry school, don't get me wrong I love the profession and have worked in an office as an assistant for a year. I could get into dentistry, med but i just don't see myself doing that, I've shadowed both. Originally I thought I would be  275k USD in debt, I've lowered that down to 235k USD because of a 40k scholarship I've received. So roughly around 300k CAD. Anyways the whole point of me rambling on is whether or not this is worth pursuing. Passion only goes so far in terms of paying the bills. Do I expect to be making $150k or above right out the gate nope. There are optometrists I've shadowed that have said they've made upwards of 120k-140k starting out.. in Edmonton. I'm willing to work smart and hard tho, 7 days a week multiple locations, going rural whatever you name it. However if technology is gonna run the profession out of business is there a point? Obviously the profession should adapt instead of running to a corner and being scared but is that even an option?

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