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Independent primary health care professionals for the eye.

Optometrists examine the eyes and other parts of the visual system. They also diagnose, and treat visual problems, and manage diseases, injuries and other disorders of the eyes. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed.

Optometrists must complete a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree program and obtain a license to practice in a particular state. Doctor of Optometry programs take four years to complete, and most students have a bachelor's degree before entering an O.D. program.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy lifelong learning.
  • Curiosity about life.
  • Critical thinking and enjoy solving problems.
  • Enjoy science and the scientific method.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Internship Opportunities

  • 2020 Family Vision
  • Optom-Eyes
  • South Dakota Lions Eye and Tissue Bank
  • Vance Thompson Vision

Professional Schools Admitting Graduates

  • Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry (Elkins Park, PA)
  • Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR)
  • Illinois College of Optometry (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Missouri- St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Midwestern University (Glendale, AZ)

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.