Optometry is the third largest independent, primary health care profession in the United States and the major provider of primary eye care in America. Optometric physicians are independent primary health care providers who specialize in the examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as the diagnosis of related systemic conditions. Within this scope of practice, optometric physicians are dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the quality of our lives and environment.
At the Oklahoma College of Optometry at Northeastern State University, one of only 21 optometric training schools in the nation, we pride ourselves on creating world-class optometrists with practical experience both in and out of the classroom. Through our partnerships with the Cherokee Nation and other area entities, our students experience more than 60,000 patient encounters each year.