Category: Optometry

Newly Launched Resources about Optometry

One is the video, “Doctors of Optometry Changing Lives Daily”. This is a complementary video to the “Be a Doctor of Optometry: Put Your Future in Focus” video that was released last year. We also just released a podcast titled, “Is Optometry for Me”. All of these resources are now available on the ASCO YouTube Channel.

For additional resources such as the Eye on Optometry blog, please check out the Applicants and Advisors section under Professional OD Programs.

Thanks so much for promoting Optometry!


Paige Pence

Director, Student and Residency Affairs

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 420

Rockville, MD 20852

Phone: (301) 231-5944, ext. 3077

Email: ppence


Summer Programs for Pre-Optometry Students

The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share the upcoming dates and deadlines for our individual programs. We encourage you to share this email among your preoptometry students and we look forward to hosting them on our campuses during the summer of 2015.

Do note that prospective students may apply to and attend multiple summer programs; we do not restrict or cap an individual’s participation between or among any of the programs described below:

Illinois College of Optometry, Focus on Your Future

July 13-17, 2015

The Illinois College of Optometry is pleased to announce our annual summer program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a weeklong experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists. Students will be housed at no charge in our Residential Complex. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation cost to and from ICO.

For more information, please visit:

Program Contact: Teisha Johnson, 312.949.7407, tjohnson

The Ohio State University, I-DOC

June 15-17, 2015

Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) is an intensive three-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry. The purpose of I-DOC is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to careers in optometry. I-DOC provides hands-on activities in optics, ocular anatomy, and clinical optometry. Participants receive and observe eye examinations and gain a better understanding of the importance of diversity in health care. Thanks to underwriting by Vision Service Plan, there is no registration fee for the program. Also, all meals, housing, and activities are included. Airfare will be covered up to $500 for successful applicants.

For more information, please visit:

Program Contact: Justin Griest, 614.292.2647, griest.6

University of California, Berkeley, Opto-Camp

Session I, June 17-19, 2015

Session II, July 15-17, 2015

The goal of Berkeley Optometry’s Opto-Camp is to introduce underrepresented and first-generation pre-health science majors to Optometry as a potential future career track and to prepare them to be successful applicants to optometry school. The objective of Berkeley Optometry’s Opto-Camp is to present a three-day in residence experience that will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist. There is a $125 program fee and a limited number of scholarships to waive the program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial need.

For more information, please visit:

Program Contact: Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537, hiwata

Optometry Schools & Colleges All in One Live Virtual Fair – (Free to Attend), Oct 30

REMINDER – Applicants/Advisors: Register to Meet the Nation’s Optometry Schools & Colleges All in One Live Virtual Fair – (Free to Attend)

Register Now to attend the FREE Optometry Virtual Fair on October 30, 2013 Save precious time and find out which Doctor of Optometry Program is best for you! Paige Pence Director, Student and Residency Affairs Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20852 Phone: (404) 545-6159 Email: ppence Website:

UC Berkeley, School of Optometry – Fall Conference

Berkeley Optometry Fall Conference Saturday, October 12th 9:00am – 4:00pm B erkeley Optometry and UC Berkeley’s Foresight Pre-Optometry Club would like to welcome prospective students, advisors, alumni and friends to our annual Fall Conference! Our full-day event will showcase tours and activities led by current optometry students as well as talks by our Faculty and Admissions Staff. More information about our Fall Conference can be found here: Registration closes October 4th. We hope to see you and your students soon! Best wishes, Kailin — Kailin Hu Coordinator of Admissions and Student Affairs UC Berkeley School of Optometry 380 Minor Hall Berkeley, CA 94720-2020 Office: (510) 642-9537 Fax: (510) 643-7111 GO Bears!

Admissions Workshop at Southern California College of Optometry

Designed for Pre-Optometry Students Ramping Up for the Upcoming Admissions Cycle… Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University Admissions Workshops 2013 Click here for the event flyer: jmunroe | Facebook Group for Pre-Optometry Students Facebook Page for Admissions SCCO’s YouTube Channel Twitter for Pre-Optometry Blog for Pre-Optometry