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Student to New Optometrist: The Complete Guide to Your Transition

The complete guide to leaving optometry school and starting life as a practicing OD!

Hey there Class of 2023!

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from optometry school—you’re nearly at the finish line, and trust me, it's an incredible feeling to finally cross it. Since the founding of our publication eight years ago, we’ve published over 1,400 resources, interviewed a truly ridiculous number of awesome, innovative young ODs, and gotten to know so many of you personally.

I wanted to personally present to you our Student to New Optometrist Guide, updated specifically for the Class of 2023. My team and I have added some great new content, guides, and tools to make the transition into practice as seamless as possible. This is the same guide that seven generations of new grad optometrists have used, but with incredible updates to our credentialing and licensing sections, along with all sorts of new research and web tools that will help you be the best new grad OD you can be.

So read on, sign up to get more great content, and be sure to check out the Eyes On Eyecare job board if you are looking for your first or next optometrist job.

Good luck on your career journey!


Dr. Matt Geller, OD

CEO & Co-founder, Eyes On Eyecare

The First 180 Days After Optometry School

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