Where my interest in low vision began

One of the beautiful aspects of optometry that is often overlooked in the freedom to expand the use of your degree. In school, I learn how to become the best possible clinician that I can but, in the future, I hope to expand my career outside of the traditional path.

Before beginning optometry school I was lucky enough to accept a position working at the Carroll Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Newton, Massachusetts. At that point in my life, I had no idea what low vision rehabilitation was let alone the fact that it was something optometrists specialize in.

It was there, at the Carroll Center that I really found a passion for working with patients in order to help them utilize the vision that they do have to the best of their ability. Each day I would leave inspired by the program’s participants and thankful for the chance to help them maintain their independence. Thus began my journey to optometry school and my curiosity about this career.    

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Jess Capri
Jessica is a 3rd-year student clinician from Massachusetts. She currently attends the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and previously attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is on the board of ICO's Private Practice Club, Sports Vision Club, and Low Vision Rehabilitation Club and has a strong interest in legislation. Her passions also include research and writing. She hopes to pursue a career in vision rehabilitation, research, and become actively involved in her state organizations.

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