Pupillary Pathways

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

Did you know this about UV Protection?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jul 6, 2017 11:52:39 AM
Here is our latest optometry infographic about UV Protection.
Did you know that c hildren take in 3x more UV exposure than adults – up to 80% of their lifetime exposure occurs by age 20! 

Make sure all of your young patients have a good pair of sunglasses as well! 

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Topics: Facts

Poll: What are your plans for the summer?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jun 27, 2017 9:50:19 AM

The summer is here, so what will you be doing Optometry student? We would love to know! Take this poll!

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Topics: Polls

Top Sites to See in DC at Optometry's Meeting

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jun 15, 2017 6:37:11 PM

Washington DC, what a great place for Optometry’s Meeting! The nation’s capitol offers a wide range of attractions and activities full of historic landmarks, parks, monuments, museums, and memorials. Although there are far too many sites to see in the few days that you’ll be in town, we’ve put together some of the “must-see” places during your visit.

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Topics: Conferences

Poll: What is the approximate gender breakdown for your class?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on May 31, 2017 10:43:32 AM

What is the approximate gender breakdown for you class? We would love to know! Take this poll!

Be sure to also take out past polls!

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Topics: Polls

Did you know this about Omega-3 fatty acids?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on May 23, 2017 10:10:14 AM
Here is our latest optometry infographic about fatty acids.
Did you know that  Omega-3 fatty acids are required in human health but cannot be made by the body so we must consume them. They are, therefore, called essential fatty acids.

Furthermore, research has identified that EPA (eicosapentaenoic) and DHA (docosahexaenoic), the omega-3s found in marine oils, are the two most important fatty acids in human health.

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Topics: Facts

Do you know which eyes disease is abbreviated as MEWDS?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on May 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Here is our latest optometry infographic about MEWDS.
Multiple evanescent white dot syndrome ( MEWDS) is a rare, unilateral, self-limited disease that is characterized by the presence of multiple small white dots that typically spontaneously resolve over a period of months.
The disease most commonly affects females ranging from 14 to 47 years of age and is often preceded by a flu-like illness in approximately half of cases. Patients usually present with complaint of a sudden decrease in vision, as low as 20/200, a paracentral scotoma (including an enlarged blind spot) and shimmering temporal photopsias.
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Topics: Facts, eyes disease

Looking for a Job After Graduation? What to Include in Your Curriculum Vitae

Posted by Amanda Dexter on May 17, 2017 7:15:29 AM


A curriculum vitae (CV) is a thorough and detailed account of not only your education and past work experiences, but it also identifies any achievements, awards, and honors you’ve been conferred, as well as your involvement in groups, projects, and publications. Curriculum vitae is Latin for “course of life” and should give potential employers a good overall idea about what you’ve done, who you are, and what you can offer. This article will review the “must-haves” when it comes to creating a successful CV.

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Topics: Graduation, Curriculum Vitae

Link: Optometry Students Wanting to Practice in Florida May Have to Retake NBEO Exam

Posted by Amanda Dexter on May 4, 2017 5:05:27 PM


Have you heard about the controversy in Florida? A recent court motion may require that new and upcoming graduates retake all parts of the NBEO exam if they intend on practicing in Florida.

Apparently, the law states that the Florida Board of Optometry must certify an applicant as eligible for licensure prior to them taking the NBEO exam. As we all know, optometry students do not typically apply for licensure until after they've taken the NBEO and met requirements for graduation.

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Topics: Links, Exams

Link: Compare Job Posting Platforms for Hiring Eyecare Professionals

Posted by Amanda Dexter on May 2, 2017 9:03:00 AM


Hiring eyecare professionals can be a massive headache.

Luckily, there are several services out there that can help you attract the right talent. Some of the services allow you to post your job, others allow you to reach out to candidates actively, and others will automate the job posting process across the internet for greatest exposure.

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Topics: Links, Jobs

Be Prepared For Your First 4th Year Rotation!

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 5, 2017 9:29:00 AM

As your 3rd year begins to wrap up, you are probably starting to get prepared for your first rotation as a 4th year optometry student. This time is very exciting and represents a huge transition in your path to becoming a doctor. You will no longer be taking classes, midterms, and finals at school; you’ll be out working in a clinic (likely 8 hours a day, 5 days per week), seeing patients and absorbing all the information you can to help prepare you for the “real world.” 

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Topics: 3rd Year Student, 4th Year Student