Your Guide to a Career in Optometry!
Your sight depends on choosing the right eye doctor at the right time. When it's time to get your eyes checked, make sure you trust the right eye care professional for your needs. The first primary step is to understand that there are two types of eye doctors: Ophthalmologists and Optometrists. And there is a third among eye care providers. They are the Opticians. So let's take you through what is required to become an Optometrist.
What does an Optometrist do?
Doctors of Optometry are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists diagnose, examine, manage diseases, treat injuries, disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.
Eligibility Criteria and Higher Studies
Candidates completing 10+2 from a recognized board with Chemistry, Biology, and Physics as core subjects with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate is the eligibility required to become an aspiring candidate to pursue the course.
Curriculum and Core Subjects
A year-wise breakup of the syllabus is tabulated here:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|General anatomy, Physiology and Pathology||Clinical Optometry- General Examination 1||Business Management for Optometry Practice|
|Biochemistry||Ocular Pharmacology||Ophthalmic Dispensing|
|Ocular Anatomy||Clinical Optometry- Instrumentation||Clinical Practice 1|
|Ophthalmic Optics||Contact Lens Fitting||Contact Lens Clinical Practice 1|
|General Optics||Ocular Pathology||Clinical Practice 2|
|General and Ocular||Clinical Optometry- General Examination 2||Contact Lens Clinical Practice 2|
|Ocular Physiology||Assessment and Management of Binocular Vision||Community Health Optometry|
|Physiological and Visual Optics||Contact Lens Care and Complications||Basic Psychology and Communication|
|Fundamentals of Contact Lens||Clinical Methodology and Statistics||Research Project|
|Introduction to Academic Writing||-||-|
Optometrists Skills Required
To work in this field, you'll need:
- Good Communication Skills
- Keen interest in health and a desire to improve people's quality of life
- To be able to work with precision
- To be able to work with patients at ease
Optometrists Job Prospects
Some of the job positions are:
- Lab Technician
- Office Assistant
- Sales Executive
- Optometry Technician
Optometrists can earn a salary ranging from Rs. 9 lakh to Rs. 11 lakh per year.
Some of the top universities in India to pursue optometry as a career are :
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
- Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune
- All India Management Association, Delhi
- Government Medical College and Hospital, Surat
- Government Medical College, Nagpur
- Punjab Medical College, Amritsar
- Medical College, Patiala