Optometry means a health care profession that is autonomous and concerned especially with examining the eye ailments and defects of refraction, with prescribing correctional lenses either in the form of spectacles, contact lenses, or even refractive surgeries, visual rehabilitation care for the visually impaired, with diagnosing disease of the eye and treating such disease or referring them for treatment. As primary eye care practitioners, optometrist have a vital role in detecting potentially serious eye disease as well as general health conditions, which means optometrist can also help to alleviate the burden of other causes of blindness through diagnosis, referral, and in some co-management. Optometry can and should play a leading role in eye care provision at the primary level, and can also assist at secondary and tertiary levels where possible working with other eye care providers towards the unifying goal of combating blindness.
EDUCATION IN OPTOMETRY
When developing any education program it is necessary that program planning should be outcome-based meeting local and national manpower requirements personal satisfaction and career potential for the professional with supporting pathway in the development of the profession.
The focus of the profession is to create qualified and skilled manpower in the filled of optometry through the following levels of education-
As per the UGC guidelines, it is recommended that the student entering the optometry program should have completed the recognized secondary school studies as the qualification stipulated for B.Optometry is 10+2 with science (Biology / Mathematics) or equivalent from a recognized university or board which will provide the foundation for and prepare them for higher education studies.
Candidates who complete a diploma in Ophthalmic techniques/ diploma in Optometry ( after completion of 10+2 with science) can also join the undergraduate course. They would be eligible to join in 2nd year of Optometry Course. The total education therefore would be (2-year diploma +3 year of undergraduate studies). The 3rd year program ( lateral entry) would be an internship.
It is recommended that any program developed from this curriculum should have a minimum of the following duration to qualify as a professional course in optometry-
- 4-year program ( including 1 year of clinical training/internship) – Bachelor’s degree level
- 2-year program – Master’s degree level
Students can take admission to the esteemed SGT universities in India and abroad offering this course. SGT University is collaborated with SGT Hospital and Medical Research Institute to provide hands-on training experience to their students. The aim of the 4-year degree programme is to enable the development of the optometrist as a key member of the eye care team and to enable him/ her to execute basis assessment/planning/ delivery of eye care services. Aspirants who are seeking admission in Bachelor of Optometry / Master of Optometry can take admission to the SGT University and make their careers in the health care industry.
A Master’s degree programme is recommended with a minimum of two years of education in a specialized field of optometry. Postgraduate students can contribute significantly to Research and Academics.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES :
The job sector for optometrist can be divided into the following areas:
- Corporate sector
- Private practice
- Work for an optical chain or under an optical store
- Public health
- Industries/ companies
- Eyecare Hospitals & Institution
- Education sector
- Scientific research
- Eye banking
Why Bachelor of optometry and Master of optometry at SGT University?
- SGT University has well – equipped labs and modern infrastructure for students.
- The eminent, competent, and experienced Faculty of Allied Health Science complemented with teachers from Medical College.
- Innovative industry-driven job oriented and benchmarked course curricula.
- Attached Medical College and Research Institute with 760 bedded hospital.
- Regular Guest Lectures, CME, Webinars, Workshop, and Industrial visits.
- National and International Collaborations with premier institutes.
- Placement in most of the organizations in India and Abroad.
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