“Don’t go corporate! You’ll work long, hard hours and on weekends, you’ll be a slave to a giant corporation that dictates how you practice, and you’ll watch your ocular disease training slowly wither away…”
Sound familiar? Yeah, that’s what I heard in optometry school, too.
Are there lousy optometry jobs out there? Of course (and they aren’t all corporate). In my experience, corporate optometry for the new grad optometrist doesn’t have to be as bad as some make it out to be.
Convenient start time
My first patient is scheduled at 10 am, which means I get plenty of morning time (including extra sleep if needed). This schedule also shortens my commute because I miss the early morning traffic.
Techs do all the pre-testing
My OD employer has his practice fully staffed with techs, receptionists, a third-party billing specialist, and an office manager. The whole team is tight-knit and likes to laugh often, which makes coming to work interesting and fun.
It also means that all the pre-testing is done by the time the patient sees me!
- the patient history
- Optos® Daytona retinal imaging
This has dramatically reduced my exam time compared to when I was doing everything myself as a 4th year.
Full eye exams are scheduled every 30 minutes, with occasional contact lens checks and office visits in between. It is not uncommon in this environment for patients to no-show. This allows us to take walk-ins with little notice, which makes for happy patients.
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