Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures. They also identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. ODs diagnose and treat, prescribe medications, perform certain surgical procedures, provide vision therapy and low vision rehabilitation, and assist patients with spectacle and contact lenses. They counsel patients regarding surgical and non-surgical options to meet their visual needs, and in cases involving surgery they provide both pre-operative and post-operative consultation and care.
Pre-optometry is considered a designation at Texas Tech University; it is not a major. Pre-optometry students take the required courses in order to apply to optometry school. Pre-optometry students also have the option to major in any area they choose, as long as they take the prerequisite courses required to enter optometry school along with the courses needed to earn a degree at Texas Tech University.
To view the requirements needed to apply to an optometry school visit each schools' website.
Below are the two optometry colleges in Texas:
- University of Houston College of Optometry
- University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry