11 Reasons To Celebrate Being An Optometrist

Tired of all the bad news about optometry and healthcare?   If you believe everything you read in most of Optometry’s social media outlets, our world is coming to an end: too much competition, too much stress, too many OD’s, not enough compensation, yada, yada, yada.

Here are eleven reasons to celebrate your chosen profession!

  1.   Income.  According to the AOA’s Survey of Optometric Practice, the average income for optometrists in the United States was  $129,385.  Complain all you want, but that’s not too bad for an average.
  2.  Stress.  I’m sorry, but it is not as high as we make it out to be.  Sure, running a business is hard, but step back and look at some other jobs out there and ours is a piece of cake.
  3.  Work Environment.  Aren’t you glad you work indoors when it is raining or snowing outside?  Aren’t you glad you have air conditioning when the temperature outside is 95 degrees?  Would you rather be working on a roof?
  4.  Hours.  The majority of us work Monday through Friday.  We work occasional evenings and Saturdays.  Most of us don’t work Sundays.  I don’t of anyone who pulls a graveyard shift in optometry.  And if you only want to work a few days a week, that opportunity is almost always available.
  5. We Improve People’s Lives.  Most people come to see us because they want to see better.  We give them glasses or contact lenses that make that happen almost every time.
  6.  Business and Medicine.  I don’t know about you, but I enjoy the business side of optometry more than the clinical.  Most of us got into this profession to be our own boss – that means running it however you want.  Again, are there headaches to running a small business?  Of course, but would you rather punch a time clock in a factory?
  7.  Built-in Customer Base.  We can complain all we want about competition, but people will always need corrective vision services.  Obviously some OD’s are more successful than others, but one thing I’ve learned as I work with optometry practices around the country: you almost have to make an effort not to make a living.
  8.  Multiple Practice Modalities.  Group practice, solo, ophthalmology, corporate, academic, research….take your pick.
  9.  We have Optical.  We take our dispensaries for granted, but they are our Golden Egg.  It’s a retail business.  Hire a good retail manager and let it be a source of passive income.
  10.  It’s not Icky.  We examine eyes.  They’re beautiful!  Think proctologists and podiatrists – need I say more?
  11.  Trust the Research.  Stand back and see us as the world does.  Money Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes have Optometry listed as one of the top professions year in and year out.As doctor’s we insist on evidence-based medicine for our clinical care.  Why do we have such a hard time appreciating what other people think about our profession?

Wall Street Journal, and Forbes have Optometry listed as one of the top professions year in and year out.  As doctor’s we insist on evidence-based medicine for our clinical care.  Why do we have such a hard time appreciating what other people think about our profession?

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