A practitioner who provides primary eye and vision care, performs eye examinations to detect vision problems, and prescribes corrective lenses to correct those problems. They evaluate patients for eye diseases and refer patients to higher eye care providers as needed.They can prescribe eye glasses and contact lenses. They can provide treatments such as vision therapy or low-vision rehabilitation, pre and post-operative care to patients undergoing eye surgery. They promote eye health by counseling patients.
Sree Anjaneya college of paramedical sciences started Bsc Optometry course under Kerala university of health sciences (KUHS) in the year 2015. This educational venture is promoted by Malabar Medical College, Modakkallur. The college has excellent academic facilities, well-trained faculty, well-equipped laboratory, better clinical exposure, and a well maintained library.
Duration of course: Duration shall be a period of four years including one year compulsory internship
Intake : 30
Refraction is defined as the act of determining the focal condition (emmetropia or ametropias) of the eye and its corrections by optical devices, usually spectacles or contact lenses. It is one of the most important activities of the clinical work of optometrists and an indispensable variable to be considered in studies on vision. This unit consists of trial sets, trial frame, Snellen visual acuity charts, Log MAR charts, Retinoscope, Pelli – Robson chart etc.
CONTACT LENS CLINIC
Contact lenses are alternate option for spectacles. Aimed to correct various types of refractive errors, corneal irregularities and for cosmetic purpose. Soft, Rigid, Toric options are available. Thorough fitting of these lenses are necessary for good correction of refractive errors.
LOW VISION CLINIC
Low vision rehabilitation services allow people who have recently lost vision, are blind, or have low vision to continue to live independently and maintain their accustomed quality of life. Low vision aids are one of the primary concern. With the help of these optical and non - optical aids, they can improve in their day to day activities.
In an orthoptic assessment, a series of tests are used to determine an individual’s overall binocularity. Binocular status assessed with prism bars, Loose prisms, Stereoacuity cards, Near fixation targets, Occluders, Prism flippers, Lens flippers, RAF ruler, Synaptophore, Bagolini striated glasses, Maddox rod and Maddox wing. These diagnostic tests will determine the type of treatment option.
OPTICAL DISPENSING UNIT
This unit dispense optical appliances such as spectacle lenses, contact lenses, which corrects, remedies or relieves defects of vision. Accurate frame and facial measurements are taken and a frame appropriate for the patient is dispensed. Well equipped dispensing unit consists of grinding machine, grooving machine, opticians ruler, PD gauge, Lensometer etc.
Training in different kinds of optometric instruments like Keratometer, Lensometer, slitlamp biomicroscope, Synaptophore, Autorefractokeratometer, Ophthalmoscope, 90D biomicroscopic lens, A-Scan, Perimeter etc.
Well- equipped laboratory consists of Spectrometers, Newton’s ring apparatus, He-Ne laser, diffraction grating, Sodium vapour lamps, Lenses, Prisms, and Mirrors.
Career In Optometry
Optometry is great career choice and has great future not only in India but also in whole world. The future of Optometry in India seems to be very bright with optical and eye care industry growing at a speed that has never seen before.
The increase in blind population ratio has made government little worried. It might happen in next few years that government may create a job for Optometrist in all government hospitals and clinics.. The integration of highly educated four year trained optometrist into primary Heath services is a practical means of Correcting refractive error and detecting ocular disease, enabling co-managed care between ophthalmologist and optometrist
OPTOMETRY is not only eye checkups or refraction it has wide scope. You can go for Contact lens specialist ; they provide CL to the needed patient to improve the vision, comfort and cosmetically appearance Binocular vision; they provide vision therapies and training to the patient who have binocular disorder like amblyopia and squint Low vision specialized; provide low vision and rehabilitative services, low vision aids assisting visually impaired people to use their functional vision more effectively
Ocularist; Ocularist make, prescribe and fit the prosthetic (artificial) eye to the patients who have lost the eye or eyes due to trauma or illness it improve the patient cosmetically appearance
They can do job in different companies for eg. Bausch and lomb, Johnson and Johnson, Vision express india, copper vision, Alcon and lenskart
They can do job in government hospital as well as private hospitals and clinics.
Optometrists can pursue M.S, M.Phil, Ph.D or OD (Doctor of Optometry) degree after completion of Bachelors in Optometry.
OPTOMETRY is on demand in india as needs many optometrists in eye hospitals.
OPTOMETRY is secured study after completion you can work in any eye hospitals.
Starting salary of an optometrist is also admirable in india.