As an optometrist, you will diagnose patients for vision related problems and the work usually involves the use of specialised equipment for this purpose.
Optometrists identify problems related to eyes and other parts of the visual systems using different examination techniques and specialised equipment. They prescribe spectacles, contact lenses etc. and also detect eye illnesses like cataract and glaucoma.
For admission into almost all the courses in optometry, the candidate should have passed 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as subjects.
Undergraduate program in Optometry is a 4 year program (3 Years + 1 year Internship) available in different names like BSc Optometry or BOptom.
DOPT is a 2 ½ year (2 years + 6 months of Compulsory Internship) diploma program in Optometry. Minimum eligibility for securing admission to DOPT is 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as subjects. Candidates who have completed the diploma in optometry can pursue a post graduate diploma of 2 years duration OR complete a B.Optom within 2 years (through a Lateral Entry into the 3rd year of the program).
A candidate after completing a 4 years bachelor’s program is eligible to apply for the post graduate degree programs. MSc Optometry and MOptom are various programs available at the master’s level. The minimum duration of the programs is two years.
PG diploma in optometry are provided by different colleges in different names .Post Graduate Diploma in Optometry and Vision Sciences (PGDOVS) and Advanced diploma in optometry are few popular post graduate diploma programs in this field . Usually the duration of these programs is 1 ½ - 2 years.
MPhil in Optometry is a two years research degree. And a few institutions are offering PhDs in Optometry as well.
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Optometrists have to understand, monitor and record various information related to their client to ensure that they receive appropriate treatment and medications.
It’s important for optometrists to give eye care instructions and to answer the questions of the patients in a clear manner.
It’s vital for an optometrist to have good interpersonal skills as it helps them to empathise and understand the problems faced by the patients with whom they spend a large amount of time examining.
Decision making skill plays an important role in an optometrist’s routine as they have to evaluate and decide the best method of treatment based on the results of different diagnostic tests.
Optometrists must be able to adapt to the new techniques and change in equipments undergoing in the field to be up to date.
Optometrist will be involved in repetitive tasks, so it’s important to stay focused and to pay attention and not to lose interest.