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2016 August - Travis Bailey, OD



Travis Bailey, OD

1.   Can you describe the moment you wanted to become an optometrist?

2.   What tips would you have for a recent grad?

3.   Why would someone want to be a TOA member?

4.   What's the best thing about practicing in Austin?

5.   In your opinion, what does a successful optometrist look like?

 

 

1.   Can you describe the moment you wanted to become an optometrist?

I decided to pursue optometry as a possible profession my junior year of high school. I had worn glasses since 5th grade and was assigned a school project to shadow a profession that interested me. I then continued to spend time at the office and eventually worked part time as a technician while in college. I really found my place in the profession my second year of optometry school when vision therapy was introduced to me. I now work in Austin in the areas of developmental vision, vision therapy and vision rehabilitation.

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2.   What tips would you have for a recent grad?

As a somewhat new grad I can definitely think of a couple tips for those just graduating. First piece of advice would be to keep an open mind while searching for jobs. Optometry is great profession with so many opportunities. Whether your choice is based on city, state or type of practice... feel confident taking that risk! Also, get involved with your local and state associations. Form bonds with other optometrists and don't be afraid to ask for help. You will have a lot of questions at the start of your career and the experience of others is priceless.

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3.   Why would someone want to be a TOA member?

The Texas Optometry Association provides an amazing network of individuals, education and a driving force for the career of optometry. They are a great resource when looking for other optometrists in the state and hosting events to network. This is great for referrals when other locations and specialty care is needed. The TOA offers many educational opportunities that are enjoyable and allow doctors to continue the education process after graduation. Lastly, the TOA is continually working to protect and expand the scope of care in the field of optometry. This work is essential to the future of the profession.

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4.   What's the best thing about practicing in Austin?

Practicing in Austin has been a great experience so far. The city as a whole places a lot of emphasis on striving to be healthy. Patients have a desire for the best care and it's great to be a part of it. Living in Austin has its perks as well. There's never a shortage on things to do!

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5.   In your opinion, what does a successful optometrist look like?

A successful optometrist has many attributes in my opinion. First, a doctor who cares about the individual needs of each patient and strives to meet them in the best way possible. A successful optometrist is continually seeking knowledge in order to provide the best care available to the patients that walk in the door. Another attribute is being involved and providing service to the community around them.  I feel a successful optometrist is also an active member of their local, state and national associations in order to be involved and work hard for our amazing profession.

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