Online Resources for Optometry Students

There are many optometry-related online resources that I have used throughout optometry school.  A few of the ones that I have found most helpful and have used the most are below.

AOA Compass

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AOA Compass is a resource available to AOA/AOSA members.  It provides a step-by-step guide for optometry students and new practitioners to help them complete necessary steps before practicing optometry.  It also provides information on different resources available to help optometry students and new practitioners transition from school to practice, including career resources and student loan repayment options.

The current listed steps are:

  1. Join the AOA/AOSA
  2. Explore Advocacy
  3. Register for NBEO Part I
  4. Prepare for NBEO Part I
  5. Register for NBEO Part II
  6. Prepare for NBEO Part II
  7. Explore Career Opportunities
  8. Consider a Residency
  9. Determine Practice Modality
  10. Find a Practice Opportunity
  11. Determine/Change Your Legal Name
  12. Register for NBEO Part III
  13. Pass NBEO Part III
  14. Planning Student Loan Repayment
  15. Apply for State Licensure
  16. Transition AOA Membership
  17. Become an InfantSEE and VISION USA Provider
  18. Obtain an NPI Number
  19. Prepare for Practice
  20. Obtain Professional Liability Insurance
  21. Register with the DEA
  22. Explore Continuing Education & Stay Up-To-Date with AOA Publications
  23. Consider Board Certification
  24. Join Allied Organizations

Each step has detailed information and useful links to help with completion of the step.  Members are able to update the status of each step to reflect the progress of completion using four different statuses:  To Do, In Progress, Finished!, or NA.  There is also a Total Progress status bar that shows the percentage of completion of all steps and an option to add typed notes to each step.  Members can access the site by using their AOA login information.


About:  “ is your #1 resource for optometry student life!  The website hosts top notch articles, news, videos and clinical pearls which are all created by optometry student journalists from each optometry school. allows students to become more involved in optometry and to help move the profession forward.”

Mission:  “Using relevant content, will keep current optometry students at the top of their game and attract the most motivated and determined pre-optometry students to enter the profession.  It will create more competitive applicants and, ultimately, better students.  Better students = better O.D’s = a better optometric profession.”

I have visited the website to read articles on clinical pearls and tips for studying for board exams, among other things.  Some articles on the website related to UIWRSO include:



About:  “ is the leading online clinical reference for eye care professionals, featuring a searchable contact lens and ocular pharmaceuticals database, an ICD-9 lookup, and clinical calculators to streamline contact lens prescribing.  Founded in 2003 by two optometrists in clinical practice, has about 3,000 subscribers.

A subscription to is less expensive than the leading printed contact lens reference, yet is updated more frequently, and offers more features like advanced search functions and a companion application for the iPhone.”

EyeDock is my most used iPhone app in clinic to look up medications and contact lenses and for vertex conversion.  EyeDock generously provides coupon codes for complimentary subscriptions to optometry students and faculty members.

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