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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A Complete Guide On How To Get Your Optometry License In All 50 States
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The Eyes On Eyecare Optometry Career Workshop: A Five-Part Video Series
The Resume Writing Guide for Optometrists (Template Included)
How to Write an Optometrist Cover Letter - Sample Included
Everything You Need to Know to Prepare for an Optometry Job Interview
Comparing Compensation Structures in a New Grad's Contract
Here's What You Need To Know About Negotiating A Better Contract
This is an absolute must before practicing! Employers will need this information to get you started seeing patients. You should get a head start on this as soon as you can. Here is a step-by-step guide to getting credentialed. We recommend completing this process in the following order after you have obtained your license.
How To Apply For An NPI Number for Optometry
Credentialing with major medical panels
In order to see patients under medical insurance plans, you must be credentialed on that plan. Here are some of the major medical insurance companies. This is not an all-inclusive list, as medical insurers often vary state by state.
41 Step Guide to Become a Medicare Provider w/ Screenshots - Optometry
How to Become a Humana Medical Plan Provider
Credentialing with major vision panels
In order to see patients under vision insurance plans, you must be credentialed on that plan. Here are some of the major vision insurance companies. This is not an all-inclusive list, as insurers can vary by state.