optometry

Hunter or Gatherer?

Hunter or Gatherer? 0

The choices of occupations and jobs are not easy to decide on and probably haven’t been for a very long time because we have WalMart and McDonalds (by that I mean…we don’t have to hunt and gather for clothes and food). The specialty things you can do in life are amazing. But thinking about the original occupations (not the one you just thought of), like hunters….I had a neighbor whose last name was Hunter. There was another family down the street named Hunt. I’ve never met anyone with the last name Gatherer or Gather but I’m sure they must have lived a few streets over and I just never met them. A very long time ago their ancestors must have been pretty good at what they did to get those names. I’m not sure about some last names though.

Whatever your surname…finding the kind of job or occupation that defines you isn’t easy for some. Even if you don’t want to be defined by your work, I’m sure you want to be appreciated for the things you do whether you’re paid for it or not. There are a lot of thankless jobs and the tip jars of life aren’t as full as we’d like them to be.

Here’s a suggestion. Try taking the Strong Interest Test. It’s not going to tell you which job is going to make you rich and famous but it will help you figure out what you might be good at. I copied this from the instructions for the test:

The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment is used to help you understand your work interests and to show you some kinds of work in which you might be comfortable. The Strong is not a test of your abilities; it is an inventory of your interests. Your results will be presented to you later in a Strong Interest Inventory profile or report. The profile or report will provide information to help you understand your results.

The following screens list many occupations, subject areas, activities, and personal characteristics to which you will be asked to respond.

INDICATE ONE ANSWER FOR EVERY ITEM. DO NOT SPEND TOO MUCH TIME THINKING ABOUT EACH ONE. RELY ON YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION.

When you reach the end of a screen, click the “Continue” button to go on to the next screen. If you need to stop during the assessment and return at a later time, click the “Save & Complete Later” button.

Expect to spend 35-40 minutes answering questions. (Add 10 minutes if you are also completing the Skills Confidence Inventory.)

 

The test is fairly easy to take and there are versions for high school, college, career and more. You’ll answer the same questions that others have who are in the occupations/careers which can help you decide where your interests most closely relate. Wouldn’t it be better to know some of this before you might go heavily into debt with college loans or spend significant money and time working towards something you’re unsure will meet your desired lifestyle?

There are a lot of websites that seem to offer this test. I found one which I’m not sure will give you results for free but you can take the test and see what it’s like. Go here, https://online.cpp.com/en/index.aspx

Here’s a lengthy video about the test. I know, it’s over an hour and it’s not entertainment (no cats). But if you don’t want to spend thousands of hours and dollars in a career that’s not fulfilling, you should spend a little time investing in making an educated decision about who you want to be.

BTW, I took this test twice when I was a lot younger when I was not sure what I wanted to do for a living. I picked one of the closest matches in the results….optometry. Another good place to look up a lot of occupations and what kinds of things they might entail: http://www.onetonline.org/

 

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Orthokeratology, why not?

Orthokeratology, why not? 2

Since I wrote about swimming and I am an optometrist, I have a little passion that I have to write about. I first heard about orthokeratology before I entered optometry school (and I’ll tell you more about that in a sec). Basically I design unique gas permeable contact lenses that a patient sleeps in to correct their vision. That’s all it is….a hard lens that is made for that person’s eye and their prescription and they only wear the lens when they’re sleeping. Say what?

So, back to when I was entering optometry school, I mentioned that to a professor I hadn’t met before. She was showing us around the school on the first day. I thought I would impress her by mentioning this procedure and I still remember who I said it to. Four years later, after graduating, you know how much I learned about orthokeratology? Nada. I still can’t figure out why that is. All that I learned about orthokeratology came after I graduated. You might not follow exactly what I’m saying but if you go to school to learn how to turn a nut, don’t you think the school will show you all the ways how to do that?

Let me tell you briefly about orthokeratology a teeny bit more. After a patient sleeps in the specially designed lenses and removes them in the morning, their vision should be as clear as when they wore glasses or regular contact lenses, or as close if not better. You won’t hear about this procedure from most optometrists. Why is that? Well, as I said in the above paragraph, optometry schools mostly left this cool procedure out of the curriculum. No one at my school, or probably the other optometry schools, shows students what it is and how to do it! Ludicrous!

My first sentence above mentioned swimming. I am a swimmer. Fortunately I don’t have to wear any correction. Yeah, one of those lucky ones you might think. But, in sports like swimming, athletes will probably be wearing soft contact lenses. For children that means they are in the pool or playing soccer or whatever, and have these little pieces of plastic floating on their eyes. If they were doing orthokeratology, their eyes would be free of any glasses or contact lenses when they’re playing and orthokeratology isn’t just for sports, the procedure can be for just about anyone!

I could go on and on about orthokeratology but I’m going to lead you to an association of doctors that provide this service. You can contact me as well 🙂

The Orthokeratology Association of Americaorthosite