Optometry

Department
Paramedical Sciences
Campus
AGU Shimla
Semester
2023

Optometry is a healthcare profession that focuses on the examination, diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases and disorders related to the eyes and visual system. Optometrists are licensed healthcare professionals who provide primary eye care services, including comprehensive eye examinations, prescribing corrective lenses, managing eye diseases and conditions, and providing vision therapy. They work closely with ophthalmologists and other healthcare professionals to ensure that patients receive appropriate and timely care for their eye-related needs.

Career in Optometry

Optometry offers a variety of job opportunities for individuals who have completed their education and training in the field. Some of the common job opportunities in optometry include:

Optometrist: An optometrist is a licensed healthcare professional who provides primary eye care services, including comprehensive eye exams, prescribing corrective lenses, and managing eye diseases and conditions.

Optician: An optician is a trained professional who helps patients choose and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, based on prescriptions provided by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Vision therapist: A vision therapist is a healthcare professional who works with patients to improve visual skills and abilities through exercises and therapy.

Researcher: Optometrists and other professionals in the field of optometry can pursue careers in research and development, working on advancements in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of eye diseases and conditions.

Educator: Optometrists and other professionals in the field of optometry can also work in academic settings, teaching and training future optometrists and other healthcare professionals.

Sales representative: Individuals with a background in optometry may also pursue careers as sales representatives for companies that sell eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other related products.

Overall, optometry offers a range of job opportunities, from direct patient care to research and development and education.

Students with a bachelor’s degree have good prospects to work as an optometrist, ophthalmologist, an optician and many more followed by a hospital internship. Successful graduates candidates of the course enquiring in pursuing higher studies in the discipline may go for higher courses such as M.Sc., PhD and many other research-related studies in vision care science.

Criteria

Pass with 50% (GEN)/ 45% (SC/ST) aggregate marks in 10+2 or equivalent (with Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology) subject to valid score in JEE(Main).