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Amanda Dexter

Dr. Amanda K. Dexter received her optometric training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was Class of 2010 Valedictorian. She also completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Dexter is the Manager and Program Coordinator for OptoPrep, the premiere online study resource for the NBEO Part I & II.

Recent Posts

Top 5 Things to Do in Denver for Optometry's Meeting

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jun 18, 2018 4:39:15 PM

Denver is a beautiful city with a lot of wonderful sites to see, places to eat, and things to do! While a concert at Red Rocks, and baseball game at the Coor’s field sound amazing, you may not have time to it these things in your busy schedule.

For some good eats, drinks, and art, here are the top places we’d recommend you checking out while you’re in town!

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Topics: Optometry Meeting

Congratulations to all of the New Optometry Graduates!

Posted by Amanda Dexter on May 24, 2018 12:48:26 PM

You all have worked so hard to complete the rigorous didactic and clinical training, passed all three parts of boards, passed your state licensing exam, so now it's time to start working!

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Topics: Optometry School

Awareness of Medications that have Ocular Side Effects

Posted by Amanda Dexter on May 18, 2018 3:20:46 PM

Optometrists play an important role in the co-management of patients who are taking systemic medications prescribed by their other physicians. We all know that many medications can have ocular side effects that vary from mild dry eye to serious retinal toxicity. 

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Topics: Medications

Advocating for Optometry in Washington, DC

Posted by Amanda Dexter on May 10, 2018 12:40:59 PM

At the end of April, hundreds of optometrists and optometry students from across the country met in Washington, DC to advocate for optometry.

As you have heard and learned many times throughout school, optometry is a legislated profession. This means that if there is something new that we as optometrists want to do, we need to pass legislation in order to expand our scope of practice.

In addition to expanding the procedures we are allowed to do, we must also protect our profession from others who may want to take things away from us.

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Topics: Washington D.C.

New NBEO Updates for 2018

Posted by Amanda Dexter on May 3, 2018 9:02:00 AM

 

Over the past couple of months, NBEO has made several updates in regards to exam eligibility, diagnostic score reports, and the addition of a new procedures examination. Let's review the details...

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Topics: NBEO

Optometrists: We LOVE What We Do!

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 25, 2018 8:59:00 AM

I recently saw a post on social media that asked the members of the optometry community to share encouraging words to students and to show young optometrists and students why they love their career.

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Topics: Optometry Stories

Graduate Degrees That Leave People Drowning in Debt

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 19, 2018 7:02:39 AM
 
 
As you've well figured out by now, optometry school is expensive! Unfortunately, in a recent CNBC article, optometry takes the #1 spot in "degrees that leave people drowning in debt." But, don't let this get you down!
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Topics: Loans

Investing for New Grad ODs

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 12, 2018 12:55:46 PM

One of the first things that I learned when I graduated from optometry school was that I knew NOTHING about investments and retirement, and what to do and how to do it!

 

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Topics: investing

Link: Examining the Fascinating Typographic History Of Eye Charts

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 5, 2018 11:32:47 AM

Did you know that they first eye chart ever created was created by Dr. Küchler, a German ophthalmologist? He designed a chart in 1836 using figures cut from calendars, books, and newspapers glued in rows of decreasing sizes onto paper.

I don't remember learning about him in Optometry school! 

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Topics: Eye Exam, eye charts

How the Diploma Deluge is Reshaping Optometry

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Feb 21, 2018 10:47:07 AM

I'm sure you've heard the argument many times before... there are too many optometry schools (with even more on the horizon) and not enough qualified applicants to fill the seats.

This is leading to the decrease in pass-rates for NBEO® for optometry schools, and less students able to complete the rigorous program in order to graduate and become successful doctors.

So what can be done in order to protect academics and prevent a decline in standards?

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Topics: Optometry School

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