My decision to become an Optometrist came about differently than how most people decide on a career. Instead of thinking, "I want to be a doctor, lawyer or engineer"...I sat down and worked backwards. I made a list of what I wanted from a career.
I had had summer jobs (Such as the Jungle Cruise at Disney. I knew I liked working with people).
I had an interest in photography. (optics)
I liked being my own boss. (no comment)
Family was important to me (I wanted to be around for them.
I like sports. (At the time, nutrition, bite guards and Nautilus machines were the big rave...promising to increase athletic performance. Eyes however, were being overlooked).
I wanted to travel for fun, but not for work).
So then I took a look at the careers that would give me all those things. It came down to a Surgeon, Veterinarian, Dentist or an Optometrist.
I worked for a Veterinarian, roomed with a dental student and married a nurse...who said no to my being a surgeon. In the end, I became an Optometrist. One of the best decisions I have ever made. I have been happy ever since. Optometry has been a great career that offers a win-win situation for my patients and for myself. I get to make a positive difference in people's lives every day.