A list of helpful optometric websites for new optometry graduates encompassing practice building, clinical knowledge, prescribing, and obtaining samples. Updated January 2020!
There are many optometric websites that can be extremely helpful for new clinicians as they graduate from school and begin to practice. This list contains few of these many resources. This is simply a starting point, and by no means represents a complete list of resources.
Staying up to date with clinical knowledge:
- Review of Optometry: Great way to read up-to-date articles on a variety of eyecare related topics including all aspects of ocular disease, pediatric vision, legislation changes, new studies. Inexpensive online CE available too!
- Pubmed: Search the latest scientific research for yourself to see what's new in a particular topic.
- Optometric Retina Society: The most current trends, research, and literature on retinal disease, and provides a great resource to expand one's vitreoretinal knowledge. Gain access to great sources of information including countless links to online journals and educational resources.
- Optometric Glaucoma Society: The latest research and studies in the arena of glaucoma to help further an eye care professional's clinical acumen in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of glaucoma patients.
- Parxsolutions: Helps you obtain prior approval for your patients so they can utilize any medically necessary therapeutic treatments.
- Goodrx: For patients who don’t have insurance, this site will list all the pharmacies in the area and their prices for specific medications, and coupons if available to help mitigate costs. Can also be used by patients who do have insurance but have large co-pays or need medications not covered by their plan.
- CoverMyMeds: Visit to get PAs for medications when prompted by pharmacies.
Obtaining Sample Medications for patients:
- Mysamplecloset: Promotions from various drug companies, most recently Bausch and Lomb.
- Allergan JUMPSTART: Open to new grads up to 5 years out of optometry school. By enrolling in the Allergan JUMPSTART Program you can obtain samples and educational resources.
- Alcon New in Practice Program: Allows new grads to get sample medications and promotional items promoting Alcon products.
- Johnson and Johnson samples: Register to get a sales rep in your area—they will happily meet with you to train you and your staff in new products and provide sample drops.
Information on the state of optometry:
- BLS.gov: Information, statistics, salaries, number of providers, and other data for all geographic locations in the United States. Very helpful for those graduates looking at different areas to begin a career or open up a new practice. Search the Occupational Outlook Handbook for the aforementioned information.
- My Eye Store: Create an online shopping center for optical sales and frame sales for your practice
- Moz Local: Find how and where your practice is listed on the Internet by various search engines and what information is contained within these listings. Can show you which search engines lack listings for your practice and provides suggestions for additional entities of publishing ie: Foursquare, Google+, Yelp, Hotfrog, etc. Provides a means to utilize these services to provide increased awareness for your practice.
- Mailchimp: Design and send email marketing. Very helpful for those appointment reminders or if you want to send out a monthly newsletter regarding your practice and new developments.
Don't forget to check out our list of the best optometry apps for your smartphone!
Keep a look out for updates and please share your favorite websites in the comments section below!