What is the state of optometry?

I am currently in the medical field (PTA) and was considering moving to another field, such as optometry. However, I have read disparaging comments about the state of optometry. Such as the fact that students are apparently graduating with > 200k in student loans and making ~60k or so, and that it's overall moving in a bad direction because corporations are taking over (similar to what seems to be happening in PTA world but I have a fairly narrow field of view).

Just looking for some thoughts. I'm interested in what it's like for current new grads, not optometrists who are established with private practices and have built of their clientele over the years.

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