Optometry

Optometry is a health care profession which involves examining the eyes and applicable visual systems for defects or abnormalities as well as the medical diagnosis and management of eye disease. Traditionally, the field of optometry began with the primary focus of correcting refractive error through the use of spectacles. Modern day optometry, however, has evolved through time so that the educational curriculum additionally includes intensive medical training in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease in countries where the profession is established and regulated.

Optometrists (also known as doctors of optometry in the United States and Canada for those holding the O.D. degree, or ophthalmic opticians in the United Kingdom) are health care professionals who provide primary eyecare through comprehensive eye examinations to detect and treat various visual abnormalities and eye diseases. Being a regulated profession, an optometrist's scope of practice may differ depending on the location. Thus, disorders or diseases detected outside the treatment scope of optometry are referred out to relevant medical professionals for proper care, more commonly to ophthalmologists who are physicians that specialize in tertiary medical and surgical care of the eye. Optometrists typically work closely together with other eye care professionals such as ophthalmologists and opticians to deliver quality and efficient eyecare to the general public.

The term "optometry" comes from the Greek words ὄψις (opsis; "view") and μέτρον (metron; "something used to measure", "measure", "rule"). The word entered the language when the instrument for measuring vision was called an optometer, (before the terms phoropter or refractor were used). The root word opto is a shortened form derived from the Greek word ophthalmos meaning, "eye." Like most healthcare professions, the education and certification of optometrists is regulated in most countries. Optometric professionals and optometry-related organizations interact with governmental agencies, other healthcare professionals, and the community to deliver eye- and vision-care.

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Scholarships for Optometry Majors

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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Up to $30,000 Varies See Details
 

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Up to $30,000

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Allman Medical Scholarship

Miss America Pageant

Up to $10,000 Varies See Details
 

Allman Medical Scholarship

Miss America Pageant

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Up to $10,000

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Tampax Flow It Forward Scholarship

Procter & Gamble

Up to $10,000 August 19, 2024 See Details
 

Tampax Flow It Forward Scholarship

Procter & Gamble

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Up to $10,000

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August 19, 2024
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St. David’s Scholar Program - Huston-Tillotson University

Huston-Tillotson University

$7,500 Varies See Details
 

St. David’s Scholar Program - Huston-Tillotson University

Huston-Tillotson University

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$7,500

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Board of Trustees Scholarship - Salus University

Salus University

$6,500 Varies See Details
 

Board of Trustees Scholarship - Salus University

Salus University

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$6,500

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Excellence in Allied Health Scholarship - NMC

Nebraska Methodist College

$6,000 Varies See Details
 

Excellence in Allied Health Scholarship - NMC

Nebraska Methodist College

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$6,000

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Manhattan Graduate Scholars Program for Partners in Healthcare

Binghamton University - State University of New York

$5,250 Varies See Details
 

Manhattan Graduate Scholars Program for Partners in Healthcare

Binghamton University - State University of New York

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$5,250

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Manhattan Graduate Scholars Program for Binghamton University/SUNY Alumni

Binghamton University - State University of New York

$5,250 Varies See Details
 

Manhattan Graduate Scholars Program for Binghamton University/SUNY Alumni

Binghamton University - State University of New York

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$5,250

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Mat-Su Health Foundation Vocational Scholarship

Mat-Su Health Foundation

Up to $5,000 Varies See Details
 

Mat-Su Health Foundation Vocational Scholarship

Mat-Su Health Foundation

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Up to $5,000

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UNCF United Health Foundation Diversity in Health Care Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

$5,000 August 01, 2024 See Details
 

UNCF United Health Foundation Diversity in Health Care Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

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$5,000

deadline

August 01, 2024
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