*In May 2023, instructions to submit verification of eye exam will be provided*
Becoming a Gator student dentist may have you focusing on just the obvious – teeth. However, your eyes are important, too. Your eyesight can negatively impact your academic performance in dental school. A staggering 80% of the students who struggle in our dental anatomy course end up needing prescription glasses. A simple eye exam can benefit your personal health and your dental school GPA. At UFCD, we care for our students’ health and academic success, so you are required to have your eyesight checked between December 1, 2022, and June 1, 2023.
After your eye exam, make sure you have the following information available:
- Date of eye exam (strongly encouraged to be after January 1, 2023)
- Name of professional who examined your eyesight (optometrist, ophthalmologist, etc.)
- Practice name and address
Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist. We do not want you struggle in dental anatomy only to find out you need corrective lenses. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss. To find out more about eye examination frequency information, visit the American Optometric Association. When you have your eye appointment, be sure to tell the doctor that you are about to start dental school and that you will spend a lot of your time focusing on very small details. Be sure to contact your health insurance provider – an annual eye exam may be covered in your plan at little or no cost to you.