Pre-Optometry

Optometry is concerned with the eyes and applicable visual systems for defects or abnormalities as well as the correction of refractive error with glasses or contact lenses and treatment of eye diseases. Optometrists usually provide primary eye care through comprehensive eye examinations where they diagnose and manage various vision abnormalities as well as various eye diseases.

There are few optometry schools in the United States, and admission is difficult. Job prospects are good for those who finish, but the increasing popularity of laser surgery may cause decreased demand for corrective lenses.

The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) must be completed, preferably in fall before entry into the optometry program. For the most current information, review the OAT web site.

Since there are no optometry schools in West Virginia the Higher Education Policy Commission has established contracts with institutions to accept West Virginia students. For the most current information on which institutions, contact the Southern Regional Education Board or the West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission Academic Common Market Coordinator for details.

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