• Therapeutic Cataract & Refractive
  • Lens Technology
  • Glasses
  • Ptosis
  • AMD
  • COVID-19
  • DME
  • Ocular Surface Disease
  • Optic Relief
  • Geographic Atrophy
  • Cornea
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Myopia
  • Presbyopia
  • Allergy
  • Nutrition
  • Pediatrics
  • Retina
  • Cataract
  • Contact Lenses
  • Lid and Lash
  • Dry Eye
  • Glaucoma
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Comanagement
  • Blepharitis
  • OCT
  • Patient Care
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Technology

Dr O'Dell : What I wish I knew before entering optometry


Leslie O'Dell, OD, FAAO, shares what she wishes she knew before entering the field.

Leslie O'Dell, OD, FAAO, medical director for Medical Optometry America shares what she wished she knew when first entering optometry.

This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity:

I always say how important mentorship is.

So, I started my optometric career without a family in optometry, without really any guide for the future—just the desire to do something in medicine that was going to help people with their life and be able to achieve something medically for patients.

And so I stumbled I think in the first few years. I did get lucky that I had a great job to start my career, but I still had no mentor.

I think that finding an optometric mentor early in your career can really just help carve out your path through your journey and maybe get you to your end goals faster than you could on your own.

Related Videos
Bonnie An Henderson, MD, highlights key takeaways of the 2024 EnVision Summit, including diversity and family inclusion
Mila Ioussifova, OD, FAAO
Jacob R. Lang, OD, FAAO
Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD
Tracy Doll, OD, FAAO
Shalu Pal, BSc, OD, FAAO
Gleb Sukhovolskiy, OD
© 2024 MJH Life Sciences

All rights reserved.