New Grad Success

Life as a New Optometrist – Courtney Dryer O.D.

Courtney Dryer is a 2011 graduate of SCO. She opened 4 Eyes Optometry cold in her hometown of Charlotte, NC in February of 2013. She enjoys DIY projects, marathoning TV shows, and traveling in her free time. The Bucket List Before Your First Day of Practice My pre-practice bucket list …

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The Ultimate Guide to Optometry Clinical Analogies

In my mind, analogies are often a great way to explain exam information to patients. Therefore, some colleagues and I put together a list of a few of our favorite analogies – with a NGO twist, of course! The eye is like a camera A classic analogy that relates the camera lens to the crystalline lens, …

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Life as a New Optometrist – Matt Geller O.D.

Matt Geller is currently an optometrist in San Diego, California. He is also the Founder & President of NewGradOptometry.com and Founder of OptometryStudents.com. Matt created NewGradOptometry.com to give new graduates the opportunity to use their talent and creativity to change optometry for the better. The Bucket List Before Your First Day of Practice I am happy …

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6 Things Not to Forget When Moving to a New City

As new grads, the future is equal parts exciting and terrifying. A good percentage of the Class of 2014 are jumping into their optometry careers and joining an existing practice, starting cold, or pursuing a residency this year. Regardless, while the paperwork gets filed and licenses get mailed, we have …

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6 Lessons From My First Year as an O.D.

This article goes out to the Class of 2014 that just graduated. You are now a newly minted O.D. and I bet you have a myriad of emotions to sort through ranging from excitement to anticipation, and even anxiety. Unlike the first day of high school, college, or optometry school, this new phase of your life …

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The Journey of a New OD to Serve the People of Guatemala

I first heard about Alisha and Kim’s story through a professor of mine on Facebook. Alisha Duffy is a 2014 graduate from my alma-mater, Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. She and her husband, Kim, are opening an Optometry clinic in San Andres Semetabaj, Guatemala.  I loved their mission statement, “to …

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The 6 Secrets of a Great Optometrist

Do you remember your first patient encounter as a student? I sure do. She was a middle-aged Hispanic woman with a longstanding history of adult-onset diabetes. Even more vividly, I remember it was in the 7th floor  SUNY Optometry exam room and my exam took over an hour and a half! …

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15 Reasons NOT to Date an Optometrist

Last week, the eHarmony.com blog posted this fantastic article – 15 Reasons to Date an Optometrist. Well here is the other side of the coin! 1. They see eyeballs all the time, and as a result may not think yours are so special after all. That little color spot you’ve been …

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Life As A New Graduate OD – A Google Hangout

Guests and Hosts Dr. Matthew Geller Dr. Ryan Corte Dr. Dave Kading Dr. Mile Brujic Topics they will cover include Getting your dream “career” Real world vs. Optometry School Getting involved in the profession outside of seeing patients Plus ask any question you want, LIVE, during the talk! Dr. Matthew …

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