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 Dr. Agarwal’s 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.
An optometrist is an independent primary health care provider who examines, diagnoses, treats and manages diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures. Among the services optometrists render are: prescribing glasses and contact lenses, rehabilitation of the visually impaired.
The old optometry was limited almost exclusively to fitting eyeglasses, whereas today’s optometrists examine and diagnose diseases of the eye. In addition to providing glass, Optometrist do provide corrective device such as contact lenses and low vision devices. 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 orthotics, paediatrics, low vision, sports vision, head trauma, learning disabilities and occupational vision. Optometrists may and often concentrate on one or two specialty areas of optometry.
An Optometrist has the following career opportunities:
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.
• Start own clinic
• Contact lenses
• Optical shop
• Lens manufacturing unit
• Low vision services (for visually impaired patients)
• Occupational Optometry (to protect and preserve workers’ vision and minimize eye strain)
• Sports vision
• Vision therapy
Others may choose to enter optometric education and/or perform scientific research.
Dr. Agarwal’s Institute of Optometry is a Unit of Dr. Agarwal’s Group of Eye Hospital & Eye Research Centre. It was started in the year 2006 with six students in the first batch, and today it is one of the best Optometry College in India.
The college is a registered body under the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and the course structure is standardized as per the latest guidelines. Dr. Agarwal’s Institute of Optometry offers students outstanding optometric education and clinical experience in one of the most vibrant city Chennai in the country.
1st & 3rd Floor, Buhari Towers, No.4, Moores Road, Off Greams Road, Near Asan Memorial School, Chennai – 600006, Tamilnadu