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Education > Optometry

Why Optometry ?

Optometry is a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated, and regulated (licensed/registered), and optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.

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Bachelor in Optometry

Bachelor in Optometry paves the way to an exhilarating and gratifying career in optometry. Specific graduate attributes have been carefully demarcated, developed and charted to every component of the course that integrates optical, visual and biomedical sciences with clinical decision making and patient care.

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Master of Optometry

Master of Optometry is a post-graduate programme that aims at training optometrists into becoming eye specialists with the capabilities of examining and diagnosing different ophthalmic problems and coming up with proper treatment or solution for the same. The course focuses on academic areas dealing with low vision, vision therapy, advanced contact lenses, behavioural optometry, rehabilitation, binocular vision, neuro-optometric rehabilitation and vision therapy among other areas.

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Graduates of the programme will be able to :

  • Comprehend the normal human visual system and its physical, chemical and biological foundations.
  • attain expertise in quantitatively describing light and its passage through optical systems (including ophthalmic instruments, ophthalmic lenses and the eye), the design of optical systems to accomplish required specifications, and quantitatively assess the nature and quality of optical images.
  • Gain cutting-edge knowledge of the mechanisms and associated manifestations of ocular and visual system disease. This comprises proficient competency in clinical ocular examination using contemporary best-practice methods, aiding them to fully assess and manage the health and visual performance of their patient.
  • Acquire the competence to construct appropriate differential diagnoses and to obtain additional information to arrive at correct definitive diagnoses. and expert knowledge of current best practice management strategies for the safe and effective use of ocular therapy.
  • Equip themselves with the skills and knowledge vital for managing the establishment, planning, promotion, finances, operations and workforce of an optometric practice.
  • Imbibe a heightened sense of professional and ethical responsibility for patients, colleagues and the community in general, and be aware of the moral and legal responsibilities of professional practice.
  • Develop knowledge of ethical research principles and methods applicable to optometry and the vision sciences.
  • Achieve a leadership role in the progression of optometry on the international stage, both in clinical and research spheres.
  • Attain the skills to work with a wide range of complex instruments and learn to use clinical judgement to treat patients.

Who're Optometrists ?

Optometrists are primary eye care practitioners and are often the first point of contact for individuals soliciting advice about their eyes and vision. They provide regular, preventive care through the early detection of eye diseases and conditions that impact vision. They also provide treatment and advice about eye diseases and vision problems and use ocular drugs to assist in the detection and therapeutic management of eye conditions.

The National Commission for Allied and Health care professionals Bill 2020 has recognized Optometry with minimum 4 years of bachelor degree (ISCO code 2267), as an ophthalmic science professionals.

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Highlights of the Course:

After the completion of the programme, graduates are able to practise as an optometrist in health care establishments and provide clinical services in MNC’s. They can prepare for a career in private practice, contact lens practice, paediatric vision, occupational/public health vision or low vision. They are also able to practise clinical skills under the supervision of registered optometrists at the on-campus health clinics.

For the prevention of avoidable blindness or visual impairment well trained optometrists are required in India and that is why there is a rapidly rising need of optometrists.

Employment Opportunities :

Research and Academics

Eye Hospitals and Clinics

Consultant Optometrist | Contact Lens practitioner | Low Vision & Rehabilitation Specialist | Sports Vision Specialist | Squint & Paediatric Specialist | Vision Therapy Clinic | Ocular Diagnostics and Investigation | Ocular Prosthesis

Public Health and Community Eye Care

Retail Optical Outlet

Consultant Optometrist | Managerial Post | Administrative Post

Corporate Sector

Professional Service | Trainer or Educator