You can be if you want to, but there’s always room for more! In this day and age, optometry is dynamic. Many are pursuing Non-clinical jobs as side hustles.
Have you ever thought about what else you can do with an optometry degree? Though there are many options in clinical care, there may be a number of reasons you would like to branch out. Whether you’re waiting on board exam results and looking for a job, or in limbo for your state license, a job as a Medical Science Liaison may be right for you.
So what is a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) and what do they do?
Optometry school is tough! It consists of four years of jam-packed information that you need to learn in order to succeed as a clinician after graduation. However, there are skills beyond patient care that are crucial if practice ownership is the career path you’re aiming for.
Topics: Optometry Practice
I did not know a single person without some level of anxiety right before NBEO® Part 1. In fact, the anxiety grew more and more each week, as the exam date got closer. Simply knowing that stakes were so high and the uncertainty around whether you’re doing things right can really create a struggle while studying, especially on the tail end closer to the exam date. However, I did find that so many students were not using this foolproof method of lowering test-taking anxiety.
Now, it’s important to mention that Computer-Based Testing (CBT) has been on the rise within the past few years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with so many different platforms, formats, and time limits, it’s natural to become overwhelmed and anxious about the uncertainty. I found that the best way to boost my confidence was to mimic the testing environment at home while studying. While this sounds like common sense, you’d be surprised how many students were not doing it!
Studying for big exams can be nothing but boring. Especially after a long day, sitting down and trying to retain information can be the toughest thing you have to do. Even though I don’t have many “life hacks” on how to reduce study time, I can tell you how I made my days more interesting when I was studying for boards and other exams.
I would like to begin by saying that I really put in the work with standard study materials, such as lecture notes and textbooks. However, those were not my favorite things to read when I was drained from a long day of studies and lectures. This is probably the toughest part of the board prep journey: learning how to prioritize studying specifics for class vs. reviewing for boards. Though studying for classes and boards go hand-in-hand, it’s easy to argue that they require different methods of studying.
Feeling underprepared while going through Optometry school is only natural. I remember finishing every single course feeling like I still didn’t know enough. With so many things to learn and [what seems like] so little time, you will always have questions. It took me a while to understand and come to terms with the fact that I’ll never really know everything, but I can just do my best.
The worst feeling I had in optometry school was when I felt like I had no time. The best feeling I had in optometry school was knowing that I was prepared. So how do you stay prepared when it seems like you don't have enough time? Start early!
Many patients who experience common ocular symptoms such as eye strain or dry eyes have been dealing with discomfort for so long, they think it is normal! Identifying these signs and offering tips for improvement that don’t require a lot of effort can seem very simple to you as an eye-care provider, but can be a game-changer to patients.
A healthy diet has frequently been discussed as being critical for eye health and general health. Green, leafy vegetables, wild-caught fish, and carrots have been at the forefront of any “healthy eye” conversation. Though focusing on a healthy, balanced diet as well as using quality supplements is critical, here we will discuss some lifestyle tips you can recommend to your patients for good eye health and beyond.
These tips are so simple, they require minimal effort, meaning they can be followed by anybody!
Topics: Healthy Eye Tips
Studying is stressful. Whether you are preparing yourself for an ocular disease midterm, practicing gonioscopy for a practical examination, or studying for the upcoming NBEO, devoting a significant amount of your time and energy to learning is a complex process.
Stress is an inevitable feeling that accompanies your body’s response to being under pressure. It is important to know that not all the stresses that come along with your studies are bad or harmful to your productivity. A certain amount of stress can actually be a useful part of studying; it can assist you to work harder, to be more focused, and can even enhance your efficiency.
On the flip side, too little, or too much stress can prevent you from studying effectively, and extremely high-stress levels can be very damaging to your mind and body.
Without a doubt, vitamins used for macular degeneration are some of the most studied vitamin formulations in eye care. With Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) being one of the leading causes of vision loss in the caucasian elderly population, there is a very big chance this disease will be very prevalent in every eye care office in the United States.
The AREDS/AREDS2 clinical trials have set the groundwork for many supplements frequently recommended and studied for in regards to age-related macular degeneration. The AREDS studies have identified certain vitamins and minerals that can slow the progression of intermediate to advanced Age-related Macular Degeneration as well as developed guidelines for prescribing and recommending the vitamins at different stages in the disease process.
Omega- 3 supplements have definitely been getting a lot of attention within the past few years. Many primary care physicians and cardiovascular specialists have been recommending high dose omega-3’s to help improve risk factors for cardiovascular disease as well as help in patients’ general health.
Omega-3’s found in supplements as well as food have been proven to cause a reduction of triglyceride levels, blood pressure and blood clots. They have also been shown to combat inflammation, a critical component of dry eye. However, other research has found that they may not even be effective at all.
Here’s what we know so far about omega-3’s and their relevance in dry eye treatment and management.