Pre-Optometry

There are two main types of eye doctors. Opthalmologists provide total eye care and are physicians. They offer vision services, including eye exams; medical eye care for conditions such as iritis, chemical burns, glaucoma, and detached or torn retinas, etc. They perform surgical eye care, diagnose and treat eye conditions related to other diseases such as diabetes or arthritis.

Optometrists provide vision and eye care services, but are not physicians. They perform eye exams, treat conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism; prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, diagnose eye conditions and prescribe medications for certain eye conditions (in some states).

First Year Advisor: CSET Advising Center
Office: 125 Trafton Center
Phone: 507-389-1521
Email: csetadvising@mnsu.edu

Faculty Advisor: Mike Lusch, Ph. D.
Office: 343 Ford Hall
Phone: 507-389-2906
Email: michael.lusch@mnsu.edu

The following courses satisfy requirements for admission to most colleges and schools of optometry. By the end of their first year at Minnesota State Mankato, however, students should check the specific requirements of the college or school of optometry they plan to attend to ascertain exactly what is required for admission. Completion of a bachelor's degree may be needed to be admitted to optometry schools and colleges.

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