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Optometry

US Navy optometrist looks into a patient’s eye during Continuing Promise 2011.

Optometry

Whether guiding F-18s onto moving aircraft carriers or tracking enemy vessels from hundreds of miles away, good vision is an absolute necessity for servicemembers. Navy Optometrists are vital in maintaining their eyesight – and effectiveness.

Whether guiding F-18s onto moving aircraft carriers or tracking enemy vessels from hundreds of miles away, good vision is an absolute necessity for servicemembers. Navy Optometrists are vital in maintaining their eyesight – and effectiveness.

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US Navy optometrist checks a patient’s vision at the Humberto Mendez Rivas medical site during a Continuing Promise 2011 community service event.

About This Job

As a Navy Doctor of Optometry, you will practice full-scope optometry at hospitals around the globe, with patients who include servicemembers, their families, and retirees, as well as Third World children and adults.

Navy Optometrists enjoy outstanding leadership and executive medicine opportunities, research and teaching positions, and humanitarian opportunities. All supported by a continual focus on professional development.

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As an Optometrist and Officer in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you will serve the routine and acute eye-care needs of military personnel, their dependents and those who depend upon America around the globe. Your duties may include:

  • Refractive services such as prescribing spectacles or contact lenses, and refractive surgery
  • Ocular pathology treatment
  • Surgical co-management  
  • A subspecialty focus, such as low vision, traumatic brain injury rehab, specialty contact lenses and more

You could even be involved with Aerospace, Surface or Undersea Medicine.

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Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Optometrists in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your profession in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.

For annual training, Optometrists may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in hospitals stateside, or in bases in countries around the world.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Optometrists in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the twelve-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.

With flexible training options, Medical Service Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own career – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

The Medical Service Corps in the Navy Reserve offers you a truly diverse variety of operational venues. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian location you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.

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As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  • Up to $50,000 in graduate school loan repayment assistance  
  • Up to $30,000 in specialty pay
  • An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).

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To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as an Optometrist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.  
  • Doctor of optometry degree from a college or university recognized by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education or the American Optometric Association
  • Licensed to practice optometry by one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia
  • Eligibility to be licensed by a state or the District of Columbia by having passed Parts I, II and III of the National Board Exam (an active state license is required upon entering Active Duty)
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty  
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41  
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

  • Graduate school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Professional experience
  • Affiliation with a national professional organization

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

ENJOY AN INCREDIBLE BENEFITS PACKAGE.
Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
US Navy servicemen raise US flag.
US Navy servicemen raise US flag.