Ortho-K & Myopia Control in 2 convenient locations in San Fernando Valley

Mission Hills  📞 818-361-4020

Pre-Optometry internship

The internship position at Eyecon Optometry is a unique position that will give you an excellent learning experience in a full scope medical optometry private practice. Optometry has evolved beyond the typical glasses and contact lens modality that most people know of. We are primary eye care physicians who can diagnose and manage ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal disease, etc. We treat eye infections with oral/topical antibiotics, the severe dry eye with punctal occlusion and amniotic membrane. Another passion of mine is specialty is contact lens fitting and treating cornea disease.  We help enhance vision for those with cornea diseases such as keratoconus by using specialty contact lenses. Our clinic is proud to be one of the few practices that provide myopia control management for pediatric patients. Our greatest passion is to preserve private practice optometry. By enrolling in our internship program, you will join an elite group of pre-optometry students with bountiful resources about the profession of Optometry. We are doctors of future doctors. 

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP

 1. About the Eyecon Pre-Optometry Internship Program

  •  Understand the importance of private practice optometry
  •  Observe the role of optometrist as primary eye care physicians
  •  Provide lifelong mentorship to future doctors
  •  Improve communication skills with patients and team members
  • Learn skills to jumpstart optometric learning

 2. Requirements

  •  6 -12 months commitment, average 12-15  hours a week
  •  College student, Pre-optometry focus preferred
  •  Motivated, friendly, willing to learn

 3 . Program Experience - our goal is to provide a hand-on learning experience. We want you to have the opportunity to interact with and participate in the care of our patients

  •  Pretesting patients
  •  Performing Case history
  • Scribing for doctors

 4. Preparing for Optometry School 

  •  You will get a mock interview with all the doctors at Eyecon Optometry  
  •   A letter of recommendation upon completion of your internship. 
  •    Our goal is to help you get admitted to Optometry school and have a great learning experience.

 5. Option to apply for a part-time position, also available at the end of your internship.

 

  In between graduating from undergrad and starting my first year of optometry school, I had the pleasure of interning at Dr. Ha’s private practice, Eyecon Optometry. My experience here was very positive, and I learned a great deal about the field of optometry and what it takes to run a successful private practice. As an intern, I was trained by Dr. Ha and the rest of the staff on how to greet and sign in patients when they arrived and I was taught how to perform pre-testing on the patients. This consisted of taking patient’s blood pressures and using instruments such as an autorefractor, Topcon to take fundus photos, and more. In addition to learning how to perform these tests, I was taught the significance of them and how it relates to patient care. I also was tasked with scheduling, confirming patient appointments, and I was exposed to different types of vision and medical insurances. I would often shadow Dr. Ha as well and was able to see full exams from beginning to end. Eyecon Optometry heavily focuses on dry eye and myopia control so it was very useful getting exposure to these areas prior to entering SUNY since it is so prevalent. I was able to observe and learn about punctal plugs and other dry eye treatments. I also learned quite a deal about orthokeratology, and it was here that my passion for advanced corneal diseases and contact lenses came about. In addition to gaining a great deal of knowledge about optometry, I was also exposed to the optician side of running a practice. It was very beneficial to shadow the opticians and see what went into patient care after the exam was completed. 

   On a personal note, Dr. Ha was extremely supportive for me in the process of applying to optometry schools. She helped me prepare for interviews and I felt more confident knowing I had such a great experience interning at the type of practice that I hope to one day start. Her practice is very successful and well-run, with all the staff and interns feeling right at home and being able to convey that to patients. Upon entering SUNY, I was so grateful for my time at Eyecon because I had prior knowledge to how pre-testing is conducted, what some ocular diseases were, what a full comprehensive exam entails, and knowledge of dry eye and myopia control. This was able to serve me well in my Optics, Ocular Disease, and Clinical Optometry courses. In addition, since I interacted a great deal with patients, I was already comfortable working with patients when shadowing and scribing at SUNY. Even after completing Dr. Ha’s internship, she continues to be a mentor for me and supports me by regularly checking in on how I am doing at SUNY. This experience was truly so valuable for my optometric career, and I am so grateful that I was able to intern at Eyecon Optometry.

 

-Melody K.

SUNY class of 2021, Future Optometrist

  I come from a traditional Mexican family, being the middle child of three. At a young age, my parents instilled in me that higher education would give me more opportunities. My parents' strong work ethic inspired me to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from California State University, Northridge; while also being the first person in my family to pursue higher education in the medical field. The opportunity of becoming a doctor in the near-future has shown my family and me that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. As a bilingual Latina who speaks English and Spanish, I am one step closer to reaching my ultimate goal of overcoming the language barrier found within communities, such as mine, that do not have access to Optometrists who speak Spanish. My interest in Optometry actually stemmed from my personal experiences with language barriers in the healthcare field. I realized that optometrists have the ability to instantaneously make an impact on patients and I was inspired to learn more about the field; which is why I applied for an internship position at Eyecon Optometry my sophomore year in college.  

   I still remember walking into Eyecon Optometry on my first day with excitement. One day during my training, Dr. Ha asked me to continue the pre-test because she knew I was capable and trusted me. While pre-testing Spanish-speaking patients, I took my time to explain each machine the way that Dr. Ha did, making sure that they felt comfortable. One of them once told me something that I would never forget; “You are so calm and the way you explain the machines made me feel like everything is going to be okay.” Comments like these drive me to reach my goal of becoming an optometrist. Sometimes a vision appointment can be a little intense due to all the exams that need to be performed, but after interning for Dr. Ha, I have learned that explaining the information in a way that is easily understandable makes everything less stressful.

   Being an intern at Eyecon Optometry under the guidance of Dr. Ha was one of the best experiences I had during my journey to applying to optometry school. It definitely helped further my interest in contact lenses as well as helping me understand the high standards that were to be expected in the field. This experience motivated me, even more, to learn as much as I could about the field as well as work even harder in school. Through Dr. Ha, I learned that compassion was not only an important value in the healthcare field but also in any situation that life throws us in. Wearing glasses and contact lenses made a big difference in my daily life and she made sure every patient left equally satisfied with their glasses as I was. Without this opportunity, I wouldn’t have known that I was more of a people person that enjoyed conversing with patients as well as getting to know them. While I was applying to schools, Dr. Ha has always been by my side for help and guidance every step of the way. Dr. Ha is not only a mentor but a friend that I can count on as I venture into this new chapter of my life. I am forever thankful to have had this opportunity to intern at Eyecon Optometry.

 

-Cindy D.

Class of 2024

  Hello! My name is Tenie Avanessian and I am a third-year optometry student at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry. My interest in optometry began during my undergraduate education where I spent my free time searching for unique experiences in different fields of healthcare. It was my third year in college when I came across the incredible opportunity to intern at Eyecon Optometry. During my internship, I was fortunate to not only learn the many aspects of managing a private practice, but also shadow the expert optometrists dedicated to providing friendly patient encounters and comprehensive eyecare, leaving me inspired to pursue a career in optometry. My time at Eyecon Optometry was a true advantage for my personal and clinical experience prior to optometry school as I was fortunate enough to learn in a setting equipped with advanced technology contributing to full scope eyecare as well as skillful staff and doctors who truly took time to listen, explain, and teach.

 

-Tenie A.

Class of 2022

SUBMIT INTERNSHIP APPLICATION

Eyecon Optometry

📞 818-345-2010

📠 818-345-2070

 info@eyeconsee.com

📌 7217 Reseda Blvd.,

     Reseda, CA 91335

Eyecon Mission Hills

📞    818-361-4020

  📠 818-345-2070  

 Missionhills@eyeconsee.com

📌 15336 Devonshire St., Suite 4, 

        Mission Hills, CA 91345

Reseda Hours

Monday - Thursday : 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Friday-Saturday :8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Mission Hills Hours

Mon-Thursday: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday : 8:00am - 4:00pm

Closed : Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

We are operating by appointments only. Please call ahead of time to schedule your appointment.