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.
Theory: lectures, seminars, computer-aided learning
Practical: lab work, hands-on clinical experience, and visits to reputed eye hospitals in India
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