Quick Summary: Dr. Joann Helmus is an optometrist with her own family practice in Davis, California. She graduated from UC Berkeley and started working with patients in 1986. She shares, "I would encourage you to consider this field as the work of direct patient care to help provide essential sight is very rewarding. The field of optometry is also projected to grow at a rate of 18% with an increasing population in need of vision care." Dr. Helmus discussed the requirements of the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) which is very similar to the MCAT in format and subject matters tested. In her practice, she evaluates vision issues, provides prescriptions and treatment, and performs minor surgeries for diseases and injuries. Dr. Helmus also volunteers with the international nonprofit Lions in Sight Clinic to help patients in several cities in Mexico.