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About the Pre-Optometry Program

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The Optometry Pre-Professional Program at UNK is your first step towards becoming an Optometrist. Optometrists examine the eyes and other parts of the body related to vision. They also diagnose, treat and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed.

Most optometrists work in stand-alone offices of optometry. A small number of optometrists work in doctors’ offices, retail stores, outpatient clinics and hospitals. Most work full time, and some work evenings and weekends to accommodate patients’ needs. Majoring in Pre-Optometry at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will prepare you for higher education in the field.


Responsibilities of an optometrist:

  • Performs vision tests to check for nearsightedness or farsightedness
  • Prescribes eyeglasses, contact lenses and medications
  • Checks for eye diseases, such as glaucoma
  • Provides pre and postoperative care to patients undergoing eye surgery
  • Provides other treatments, such as vision therapy or low vision rehabilitation
  • Promotes eye health by counseling patients, including explaining how to clean and wear contact lenses

Average Salary: $110,300 per year

18% Projected Employment Growth

from 2016 to 2026 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Data based on cumulative placement data for the last 3 years

83% Accepted


Rachel Gilliland

“I chose UNK because I loved the size of the campus. In high school I was involved in every activity offered, and I wanted to continue that in college. The size also meant that I would be able to get more one-on-one time with my professors and advisers. I now have a personal connection with a lot of them.”

Rachel Gilliland