BUSINESS: Research + Stats Percentage of Women in Practice Inches Upward While Total Number of ODs Barely Changed By Staff Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:11 PM Maybe the Great Resignation has hit optometry. A recent Women In Optometry analysis shows that the total number of ODs increased only three-tenths of one percent—or less than 200 ODs total in 2021, compared with a jump of 12.5 percent the year before. Overall, the number of women in practice increased by only 354 nationwide, while the number of men in practice dropped by 219.The percentage of women in practice has risen slowly but steadily since WO began this annual analysis. There is the perception that women ODs comprise the majority of the profession-likely based on the fact that there have been significant majorities of female students in optometry schools for the past decade. However, women ODs are the majority in only eight states, as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.WO uses healthgrades.com for its annual comparison. Despite some flaws, such as double-counts for ODs who practice in more than one state or even in more than one practice location, the numbers do provide a consistent data set for comparison each year. Those same challenges with counting practitioners who hold multiple licenses also exist within state licensing boards. Click here to read the full story.