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Optometry

 
  • What is Optometry?


img4Optometry is an independent “Eye Care Science which covers the examination of human eye, Contact Lens, Systems required for estimation of errors of refraction, the fitting, manufacturing and supply of optical aids.

 
  • Why Choose Optometry?

Quality of life, professional status, self-employment opportunities, and good monetary compensation were just a few of the reason Kiplinger`s named the profession of Optometry as ``One of the top 7 Great Careers.”Additional,the Job Rated Almanac (6th Edition) ranked the Optometric Profession in the upper twelth percentile of top-ranked jobs. And, there’s even more good news for the profession of Optometry.

img5Optometry is posed in a very favorable economic position due to the India`s aging population, projected overall population growth in the India, Optometry`s increased Participation in Vision care plans. The numerous factors have contributed to an increased demand for Optometric services. Additionally, the profession of Optometry is currently faring better than the economy as a whole.

Bachelors of Optometry ( B.Opt. Or Optometrists) are independent primary health care professionals and well-respected members of the health care community. Bachelor of Optometry are highly educated eye care practioners who are responsible for the Visual and ocular health their patient. As primary health care providers, Optometrist frequently refer patients to health care specialists for systematic condition such as hypertension, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, neurological defects and several types of autoimmune diseases that can manifest in the eye.

Optometry also enjoy flexible in practice Modalities, excellent working condition, direct patient care, expansion of Optometry services, and good income potential. All of these factors contribute to making the profession of Optometry an Excellent career choice.

 

Optometry Fact Sheet:

  • Optometry is the world’s third largest independent healthcare profession.
  • 70 percent of the eye care market in the foreign countries including U.S. is provided by Optometrists.
  • Over 50 percent of Indians wear glasses or contact lenses.
  • According to BizStats, optometric sole proprietorships are the second safest small business to start.
  • 90 percent of Indian Citizen over the age of 40-45 require Vision Correction.
  • There is a high degree of professional satisfaction due to good working condition, high-cure retes, limited emergency calls, income potential and flexibility in practice modes.

Bachelor of optometry practice in many types of different settings:

  • Can starts own independent private practice
  • Can start own contact lens clinic.
  • Can join Hospitals based practices such as the Indian Health Service.
  • Can join multinational companies.
  • Can go for higher educational like : M.Opt.,M.Phill., PGD., Ph.D.
  • Take up foreign job opportunities in US.,UK , Australia.
  • Can take up teaching as a career.
  • Consultants for ophthalmic and pharmaceutical industry, environment and work place lighting, practice management and education.
 
 

Optometric Education:

  • img6Optometric must complete four years of graduate education at Indian accredited College or School of Optometry.

  • Preparatory undergraduate courses for the profession of Optometry include , Biochemistry, advanced Mathematics, Biology, Anatomy and Microbiology. (Each professional optometry program has a recommended and / or required prerequisite curriculum.)

  • Graduate Optometrists (B.Opt.) have the option to future their education with Optometric residency programs and / or advanced degrees (M.Opt.or.Ph.D)
 

Income & Economic Potential :

  • The profession of Optometry is faring better as a whole.
  • There will be an increased demand for optometric services due to age- related eye care needs (glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts, age- related macular degeneration (ARMD),etc.).
 

Demand for more Optometrists :

  • Nearly ¼ of the practicing ODs are reaching retirement age.
  • By 2020 the projected number of Optometrists required annually will be 15,000.
  • Last year only 60-65 Optometrists graduated from the College of Optometry in Maharashtra State.
  • In the state of Maharashtra alone, at least 15-17 Districts are without an Optometrist.
 
  • The Role Of An Optometrist:


An OPTOMETRIST is a primary health care professional who is institutionally educated and clinically trained in art and science of optometry.

A professional education in optometry (Ophthalmic Optics) is necessary to efficiently manage optical trade including primary eye care and dispensing of spectacles.

 

Optometrist is a first point of contact in eye care spectrum; responsibilities include:

  • Examination of an eye and visual system.
  • Diagnose the visual problems
  • Prescribe and provide corrective treatment in form of spectacles, contact lenses, vision therapy treatment, opthoptic treatment etc..
  • Can explore themselves in the field of occupational optometry (eg.Computer Vision Syndrome)
  • Can explore in specialty areas like:
  1. Low Vision Aids.
  2. Orthoptics and Vision Therapy (squint & lazy eye tratments)
  3. Contact Lenses
  4. Computer Vision Clinic
  5. Binocular Vision
  6. Ortho. – K (non surgical correction of refractive errors)