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The training methodology during the Program will provide integrated inputs that will help to develop a high degree of conceptual skills, analytical skills and high-quality technical knowledge base among aspirants, in order to prepare them for a bright future in the eyecare sector of the healthcare industry.
Our four-year Optometry Program is designed to provide you with all the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to become a qualified optometrist. As against common belief, optometrists do much more than supplying spectacles and contact lenses. An optometric examination includes screening for signs of diseases that may need medical attention. Optometrists may also offer specialist advice and treatment to patients having problems with low vision, binocular vision, and those with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.
|First Year||Second Year|
|Basic Biochemistry & Nutrition||Optometric & Visual Optics|
|General & Ocular Physiology & Anatomy||Optometric instruments|
|Physical & Geometric Optics||CEVS & Ocular Diseases|
|Computer programming*||Microbiology, Pathology & Pharmacology|
|Mathematics *||Medical Psychology*|
|Communications & Public relations*|
|Low Vision Aids & Geriatric Optometry Contact Lens||Practice Management *|
|Systemic Diseases & Glaucoma||Law & Optometry *|
|Dispensing Optometry & Occupational Optometry||Public Health|
|Pediatric Optometry, Binocular vision & Advances in Optometry Project||Epidemiology & Biostatistics *|
|Clinics & Specialities|
An optometrist tests visual acuity and prescribes corrective lenses. Adept at handling eye-testing equipment to examine a person’s vision, the optometrist also fabricates lenses to prescribed specifications and fits them, and other low-vision aids, to suit individual requirements. In fact, optometry is the first line of defence against blindness as it deals with refraction, eyewear Rx, contact- lens fitting, low-vision aid evaluation and referrals, mainly, to ophthalmology. High-precision machines are used to polish and harden lenses. With an increase in the number of ageing and aged population, and the growing incidence of muscular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, optometrists can be an important part of the primary treatment. Besides, the need for spectacles and contact lenses, low-vision aids and co-management of eye disorders spell good news for optometry as a profession.
Optometrists usually work in eye hospitals, clinics and opticians’ outlets, or with multinational visioncare companies. One may also specialize in particular types of vision disorders, i.e., infractive errors like presbyopia, squints, colour blindness. After gaining experience in a private establishment or with a lens manufacturer, one can start his/her own business venture. It may come as a surprise that optometry features among the top 10 income-earning professions in the USA. Flexibility in practice and myriad choices in geographic location form the icing on the cake.
Just look at the figures: every third blind person in the world lives in India, and the reason for 75% of India’s total blind can be ascribed to preventive blindness (cataract, refractive error), underscoring the need for timely detection and treatment. Even though India needs more than 40,000 optometrists, the figure stands at below 10,000. Moreover, with most people over 40 (and even earlier) requiring glasses/lenses, a skilled and experienced optometrist is always in demand.