I often get asked by patients “Why did you want to become an optometrist?”
The answer is that ever since elementary school I knew I wanted to be a doctor. I wanted to have a career where I could help people improve their lives, make an impact, and have the opportunity to continually develop and grow my knowledge and skills. It was in high school that I started to research and discover how many different subspecialties and areas of interest there were within the field of medicine. At some point I found eye care. Although I continued to explore different options, I kept coming back to being an eye care professional; the eyes fascinated me and I couldn’t shake it. I hadn’t decided if Optometry or Ophthalmology was the better fit for me. In fact, it wasn’t until after I completed my undergrad that I made that decision. In the summer of 2009, I wrote both the MCAT and OAT, and decided to only apply to Optometry school, and I am so glad I did. For anyone going into post-secondary education, I strongly encourage you to shadow as many different jobs as you might be interested in, and to take some time to sit down with an academic advisor to help guide you along the way. I absolutely love what I do; our vision is the most pervading of our senses and it impacts everything we do with purpose.
If I had the chance to do it over, I wouldn’t change a thing.
- Vincent Budac, Optometrist & Owner