Master of Optometry
Duration: 2 years (four semesters)
Eligibility: BOptom (4 years) or equivalent degree
Optometry deals with the examination, diagnosis, and management of refractive errors. Optometrists examine eyes and treat eyesight problems by prescribing medication, eyeglasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, or rehabilitation programmes. Besides these, they also carry out diagnosis and appropriate referral for patients. The programme will involve studies on binocular anomalies, abnormal ocular conditions, clinical studies, ophthalmic drugs, corrective procedures, and the social and legal aspects of optometry.
About the course
Primary focus will be on thorough and comprehensive knowledge of public health and biostatistics which is unavoidable in today’s modern health care system besides specialty focus on advances in Optometry and specialty clinical skills. Specialty clinical skills will include from diagnostics handling to advanced contact lens fittings to binocular vision screening.
Specialty subjects in Optometry with Introduction to advanced Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Focus will be on project data collection, analysis and dissertation submission and defense.
Focus on research project
Course of study
- Theoretical knowledge: Lecture, demonstration, group discussion, guest lecturer, assignments, case studies Seminars & presentations.
- Practical skills: Data collection, data entry, analysis of data using MS Excel or SPSS or both, Project dissertation, project defense, case presentations, research project related journal articles review and 3 months specialty training at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai.
Owing to the fact that eyesight problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration tend to occur more frequently later in life, an aging population will lead to more demand for optometrists. Further, the number of people with diabetes, which has been linked to increased rates of eye conditions, has grown in recent years leading to the need for more optometrists to monitor, detect, and refer individuals with chronic conditions stemming from diabetes. In addition, nearly all health plans cover medical eye care and many cover preventive eye exams. Hence, more optometrists will be needed to provide services.
The MOptom postgraduates will take leadership positions in the industry in administration teaching, research, product development and entrepreneurship models
Allied Health Science Department,
Martin Luther Christian University,
Dongktieh, Nongrah, Shillong-793006