I am going into optometry.
Are optometrists as respected/prestigious as dentists, doctors, etc.?
I would say maybe a little less to some people, but they are still respected, and prestige shouldn’t be considered in a career choice. Forget what others think, do what makes you happy.
Seeing as how this is the third question of yours that I’ve answered, and I see a couple more up, I’m guessing you are nervous about your career choice, and freaking out a little bit about it. It happens. You just have to ask yourself what is making you feel nervous, the fact that you are about to enter a difficult program that is expensive and you are afraid you won’t cut it, or if it is just that you really don’t want to be an optometrist. I am guessing it is the first. Just keeping going, and after you’ve started the program you’ll probably feel a lot better about your choice.
I would say that optometrists are met with relatively the same respect as dentists and doctors. All professions require a doctoral degree, and they are all in the field of medicine. Particularly if you’re in a country with free medical care, everyone needs to have their eyes checked as much as they would need to visit a dentist for a checkup.
The only way that anyone could see optometrists as less prestigious is that they are not as well-known for high-paying jobs. This should be no obstacle, since you clearly have the ambition to become one and the pay isn’t bad at all.
Any age somewhat as long as they have the money themselves or have enable their mum and dad understand formerly. it may style of suck for a new child to establish an appointment their mum and dad are not attentive to and don’t have the money reachable for. uncertain the way it somewhat works in different areas, yet right here in case you do no longer take place to appointments after numerous visits you may pay a great earlier the physician, dentist, and so on will see you back.