Optometry

Optometry is a healthcare profession that is autonomous and regulated (licensed/ registered). 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 (World Council of Optometry). India requires more than 40,000* optometrists in the years to come. Sensing the need for the society and to meet the requirement Eye Research Centre & Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital in collaboration with Alagappa University started Shri Prakash Institute of Optometry on 28th July 2006.

Why choose Optometry?

Looking for a dynamic and challenging career which allows you to help people, achieve personal growth, community respect, has job flexibility and financial success and offers virtually unlimited opportunities? Consider optometry!

As primary eye care providers, Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eyes and associated structures as well as diagnose related systemic conditions. Optometrists examine the internal and external structure of the eyes to diagnose eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and retinal disorders; systemic diseases like hypertension and diabetes; and vision conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. They also determine the patient's ability to focus and coordinate the eyes to judge depth and to see color accurately. They prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, low vision aids and vision therapy.

Optometrists work in private practices, multidisciplinary medical practices, hospitals, teaching institutions, research positions, community health centers and the ophthalmic industry. Optometrists can also build successful careers in the military, public health or government service. There is a need for optometrists in all types of practice, particularly in the areas of pediatric optometry and squint evaluation. Practice opportunities exist throughout India with a particular need in rural areas. Optometrists are required to complete a four-year graduate degree program to earn their degree in optometry. The four-year program includes classroom and clinical training in geometric, physical, physiological and ophthalmic optics, ocular anatomy, ocular disease, ocular pharmacology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the vision system, color, form, space, movement and vision perception, design and modification of the visual environment, and vision performance and vision screening. Unique to the educational requirements for optometrists is the advanced study of optics, the science of light and vision, and extensive training in lens design, construction, application and fitting. Since optometrists are members of the primary health care team, optometric education also includes a thorough study of human anatomy, general pharmacology, general pathology, sensory and perceptual psychology, biochemistry, statistics and epidemiology.

What do Optometrists do?

Until recently, optometrists were considered good for just one thing: prescribing glasses for the visually impaired. Today, optometry is a health profession that has come of age and plays an ever-increasing and vital role in primary eye care. The ascendancy of optometry as a profession owes its success to rigorous and demanding training in optometric colleges and universities, modern technological advances that have contributed to the expansion of the scope of practice of optometry, and the burgeoning awareness that optometry is at the vanguard of primary eye care. But the full range of optometric practice is not yet fully known by the general public. This, however, is about to change as many eye hospitals have realized the importance of optometrist.

The old optometry was limited almost exclusively to fitting eyeglasses, whereas today's optometrists examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases of the eye. In addition to providing treatments such as contact lenses, corrective and low vision devices, optometrists today are authorized to use diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceutical agents to treat anterior segment disease, glaucoma, and ocular hypertension in developed countries. As primary eye care practitioners, optometrists often are the first ones to detect such potentially serious conditions as diabetes, hypertension and arteriosclerosis. In fact, today optometrists work closely with ophthalmologists, neurologists, psychologists and other health care practitioners. Except for invasive procedures, the line between optometry and ophthalmology has become increasingly blurred and the two professions are gradually developing a symbiotic-if not sympathetic-relationship. As with medicine, optometry offers a variety of areas of specialization. Practitioners wishing to focus in areas other than general practice may select such specialties as contact lenses, vision therapy, and orthoptics, pediatrics, low vision, sports vision, head trauma, learning disabilities and occupational vision. Optometrists may and often concentrate on one or two specialty areas of optometry.

Scope of Optometry

An Optometrist has the following career opportunities:

  • An Optometrist can start his/her own clinic, optical shop, lens manufacturing unit ,etc.
  • An Optometrist can work for eye testing, contact lenses, squint exercises, etc. with optical shops, eye doctors, contact lenses and ophthalmic industry, hospital, eye departments.

For the population of 980 crore approx, the ratio of qualified eye care professional to patients with eye problem is very poor, today the optical trade needs at least 20,000 qualified optometrist to man the dispensing optical outlets.

How To Apply

To apply send your application to:

The Course Administrator,
Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital,
146, Ranganayaki Complex, Greams Road Chennai - 600 006,
Tamil Nadu. INDIA
(or) To the Principal :
Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital, 19, Cathedral Road,
Chennai - 600 086 (Landmark: Next to Hotel Chola)

Availability of application form - 15th April
Last Date for Submission of application form - 20th June
Entrance Exam Slot 1 - 6th June
Entrance Exam Slot 2 - 24th June
Personal Interview and admission - 21st July Onwards
Announcement of admission list - 25th July
Commencement of Classes for respective course - 1st week of August

Eligibility Criteria

BACHELOR IN OPTOMETRY

A diploma / bachelors from university accepted by IOA A two year ophthalmic assistant course from a reputed hospital with a clinical experience of at least two years Transcript of the course studied.

LIST OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION TO BACHELOR OF OPTOMETRY:
  • For admission to First Year B.Sc (Optometry) course the candidate should have successfully completed H.S.C. / 10th 12th or equivalent with min 60 % marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics & Pass in English.
  • For admission in Second year candidate should have successfully completed a Diploma course of minimum two years duration in Optometry from a reputed institution.

CERTIFICATE / FELLOWSHIP COURSE

A diploma / bachelors from university accepted by IOA A two year ophthalmic assistant course from a reputed hospital with a clinical experience of at least two years Transcript of the course studied.

LIST OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION TO BACHELOR OF OPTOMETRY:
  • HSC Mark sheet
  • School Transfer certificate
  • Certificate of Diploma in Optometry
  • Work experience certificate
  • 3 passport size photographs