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Travel as a Locum Tenens Optometrist

The Opportunities are Endless

Regardless of where you go in the country, there will always be a need for quality optometrists. Whether you take an assignment in the mountains of Maine, sunny Florida, or anywhere in between, there is an opportunity there for you.

With more facilities than ever needing optometrists, we are searching for passionate, skilled, and qualified providers to staff these facilities and ultimately provide care to patients in need of being seen.

Search our open optometry job listings or continue reading to discover all the options you may have when it comes to deciding where you want to work.

Find Your Next Locum Tenens Assignment


The shortage of optometrists is because many patients have put off eye appointments due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, there is a backlog of appointments as more and more patients are returning to their optometrist.

That’s where Barton Associates comes into play. To assist hospitals, private practices, and eye centers with this influx of appointments, Barton is working hard to find skilled locum tenens optometrists to provide assistance to these facilities on both short- and long-term assignments.

Your help is needed! Take a look at our open jobs below.

Travel West as a Locum



Alaska is the largest state in the country! With an area of 663,300 square miles, you could fit other states within Alaska. You could fit Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia within the arctic state with space to spare.

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Arizona, appropriately named “The Grand Canyon State” became a state on February 14, 1912. After World War II, the widespread availability of refrigeration and air conditioning caused Arizona’s population to boom and Phoenix to become one of the fastest growing cities in America.

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The first Spanish missionaries arrived in California in the 1700s, but California didn’t become a U.S. territory until 1847, as part of the treaty ending the Mexican-American War. Shortly thereafter, the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 inspired a wave of settlers to head to the west coast in search of fortune. In 1850 California became the 31st state, and is now the third largest state behind Alaska and Texas.

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Colorado’s southwest corner intersects with Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico at a single point known as the Four Corners—the only place in the country where you can stand in four states at the same time.

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The Aloha State became the 50th U.S. state in 1959. The nickname comes from a way to say hello and goodbye in Hawaiian. Also, Hawaii is the only U.S. state with two official languages: English and Hawaiian.

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Due to its location in the west, Idaho was one of the later states to be admitted to the union. The origin of the name is cloudy- to say the least. According to records, the name “Idaho” was proposed by George M. Willing in 1860.

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Native American tribes living on the land felt that the settlers were encroaching on their way of life. In 1876 the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes banded together to take back their land, defeating the U.S. Army at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.

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From deserts to mountains, Nevada has something to offer for everyone. The state’s capital, Las Vegas, is the casino capital of the world. In one of Nevada’s valleys, you’ll find Lake Tahoe – North America’s largest alpine lake. Las Vegas gets more than 42 million visits per year.

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New Mexico

Following the Mexican-American War in 1848, Mexico ceded the land that would become New Mexico to the United States. The government accepted the land’s residents as U.S. citizens with full rights. Decades later, both the Confederate and the Union claimed ownership of the land during the Civil War.

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Living in the Pacific Northwest comes with a lot of perks! You may need an emergency raincoat when you go out, but you’ll always be comfortable in the year-round moderate temperatures. There’s a reason why so many settlers took the Oregon trail.

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Utah has been inhabited for thousands of years by native groups including the Puebloans, Navajo, and Ute. The first major outside group to travel to Utah and settle in the area were Mormons. Today, just over half of Utah residents identify as Mormon.

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Washington is the only US state named after a president. Other states’ names often came from English cities, Native American words, or the suggestions of European colonizers. Today, many people get confused between Washington state and the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.. What you may not know is that there’s an extreme irony there.

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Wyoming is a great place to be a locum. Whether you’re a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast, or both, there’s something for everyone in the Equality State. Did you know Wyoming was the first state to grant suffrage to women? It’s also home to the world’s first national park!

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