Betsy Yaros, '23

In sixth grade, I wanted to confirm with my ophthalmologist that my career choice of "Dentist" in my yearbook was something I could do. His response was, "No." He went on the explain to my mom and me that I should not pursue a career in a medical field because my vision was too poor and I would not be admitted to a program. My heart sank as I realized my vision was much worse than I’d thought and career options would be limited.

Fast-forward to about two years ago. I asked my optometrist, Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford (an ICO alumnus,) “Do you think I could be an optometrist?” This was a bit of a loaded question; I had just gained control over my eyes and had seen 3D for the first time through vision therapy. To my amazement, he said, “Yes!” He went on to explain that some optometrists actually have monocular vision. In that moment, I knew I wanted to become an optometrist who specializes in vision therapy.

So, here I am at 34, going back to school to pursue a second career. I am very thankful for the opportunity ICO has presented me and look forward to blogging about my experience as a non-traditional student.



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Chicago, IL 60616


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