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 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.

Who is an Optometrist?

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.

What do Optometrists do?

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.

Scope 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
  • Geriatrics
  • Low vision services (for visually impaired patients)
  • Occupational Optometry (to protect and preserve workers’ vision and minimize eye strain)
  • Paediatrics
  • Sports vision
  • Vision therapy
  • Others may choose to enter optometric education and/or perform scientific research.

About the College

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.

Courses Offered

B.Optom (3 years academic + 1 year compulsory internship)
M.Optom (2 years)

B.Optom

The Bachelor in Optometry program is a full-time professionally accredited program affiliated to Alagappa University. Alagappa University is a state University accredited with A+ grade by NAAC (CGPA: 3.64) in the third cycle and graded as category – I university by MHRD – UGC

Eligibility Criteria
Admission in First Year
Students who have Passed 10 +2 Higher Secondary Examinations from a Recognized Board with a minimum aggregate of 60% and Students of science stream with biology subject.

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

Documents to be submitted along with Application form
  • X mark sheet (Xerox Copy)
  • XII mark sheet (Xerox Copy)

Application form can be obtained from
  • Dr. Agarwal’s Institute of Optometry
    146, Ranganayaki complex Greams road 3rd floor Chennai 600 006.

  • Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital
    222, TTK Road, Alwarpet Chennai 600 006.
On payment of INR 500/-

Online Form - Download (student will be required to fill original form)

Where to submit
The duly filled in application form along with required enclosures can be submitted at
  • Dr. Agarwal’s Institute of Optometry
    146, Ranganayaki complex Greams road 3rd floor Chennai 600 006.

  • Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital
    222, TTK Road, Alwarpet Chennai 600 006.

By post
To THE ADMINISTRATIVE INCHARGE
Dr. Agarwal’s Institute of Optometry
146, Ranganayaki complex OPP Post office
Greams road Chennai 600 006
Mobile: +91 – 9444444821 / +91 – 9790884401

Due to current pandemic situation application form can be scanned and sent through email to following email id
[email protected] | [email protected]

Course Fees:
Bachelor of Science in Optometry is a four year program. Each year is divided into two semester.
Admission fees 10, 000/- (only in first year)
Tuition fees 1, 00,000/- per year (50,000/- per semester)

Availability of application form - 15th April

SELECTION PROCESS
Entrance Exam An Entrance exam for all students will be conducted and followed by a personal interview. Students should produce all the original documents for verification at the time of joining.
Due to current pandemic situation entrance exam will be conducted online. Shortlisted candidates will be called for personal interview in the college. For more information on online entrance exam call +91 - 9444444821

FEES PAYMENT
The provisionally selected candidate has to pay the prescribed fees through DD in the name of EYE RESEARCH CENTRE or through online transfer.

M.Optom

The Bachelor in Optometry program is a regular accredited program affiliated to PRIST Deemed to be University. PRIST University is a Deemed University accredited by NAAC and graded by MHRD – UGC

Eligibility Criteria
• Bachelor of Optometry or equivalent from a UGC recognized university with minimum aggregate of 50% marks.
• Students with degree from Open University/ vocational courses degree are not eligible.
• Students with degree from Non UGC University or degree program with less than four years (3 years academic + 1 year internship) are not eligible.
• Students with regular (full time) under graduate program are only eligible. A diploma student obtaining degree through part time courses or any other methods is not eligible.
Documents to be submitted along with Application form
  • UG degree
  • Diploma certificate (if any)
  • Migration certificate
  • TC
  • NOC from the head of the department where candidate is currently working.

Application form can be obtained from
  • Dr. Agarwal’s Institute of Optometry
    146, Ranganayaki complex Greams road 3rd floor Chennai 600 006.

  • Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital
    222, TTK Road, Alwarpet Chennai 600 006.
On payment of INR 500/-

Online Form - Download (student will be required to fill original form)

Where to submit
The duly filled in application form along with required enclosures can be submitted at
  • Dr. Agarwal’s Institute of Optometry
    146, Ranganayaki complex Greams road 3rd floor Chennai 600 006.

  • Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital
    222, TTK Road, Alwarpet Chennai 600 006.

By post
To THE ADMINISTRATIVE INCHARGE
Dr. Agarwal’s Institute of Optometry
146, Ranganayaki complex OPP Post office
Greams road Chennai 600 006
Mobile: +91 – 9444444821

Due to current pandemic situation application form can be scanned and sent through email to following email id
[email protected] | [email protected]

Course Fees:
Master in Optometry is a two year program. Each year is divided into two semester.
Admission fees 10, 000/- (only in first year)
Tuition fees
1,50,000/- per year (75,000/- per semester for regular students)
2,00,000/- per year (1, 00,000/- per semester for practioner students)

Availability of application form - 15th April

SELECTION PROCESS
Entrance Exam An Entrance exam for all students will be conducted and followed by a personal interview. Students should produce all the original documents for verification at the time of joining.
Due to current pandemic situation entrance exam will be conducted online. Shortlisted candidates will be called for personal interview in the college. For more information on online entrance exam call +91 - 9444444821

FEES PAYMENT
The provisionally selected candidate has to pay the prescribed fees through DD in the name of EYE RESEARCH CENTRE or through online transfer.

For further details

Dr. Agarwal's Institute of Optometry,
Course Administrator,
146, Ranganayaki Complex, Greams Road
Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu. INDIA
Mobile: +91 94444 44821 / +91 – 9790884401
Email: [email protected]
[email protected]