The first two years of Optometry School are spent learning the basic science, optics and clinical skills necessary for your career as an optometrist. In first and second year, you’ll observe in clinic and go on screenings but many programs do not have you officially start seeing patients until your third year of optometry school. As a first or second year, you’ll attend a pre-clinical course that features a practice lab where you will learn the majority of your clinical skills. However, mastering clinical skills while logging hours of class time and study time can be exhausting. While many programs offer additional, optional practice lab hours, most students need all of the time that they can get to master skills that are more difficult such as retinoscopy or gonioscopy. Here are a few things to help you get the best out of your pre-clinic experience.
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