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Address: Definition: Optometry is the art and science of eye and vision care. It defines optometrists as professionals who examine eye to determine visual efficiency and performance by and optometric instrumentation and prescribe corrective measures. It is taught worldwide as a separate, independent science within a legal framework similar in U.K, U.S.A, Germany, Australia, and other countries. An optometrist is a primary health care professional with intensive skill & knowledge of the science of optometry, to be able to provide complete vision care. Eligibility & Course Areas: Students who wish to do degree or diploma courses in Ophthalmic technology should clear 10+2 or equivalent examination, with a minimum of 50% marks in physics, chemistry and biology. To practice as a optometrist it is essential to have a Bachelor's degree in Optometry (Bachelor of Clinical Optometry) (B.Optom). Eligibility for B.Optom course is Higher Secondary Examination (10+2 course) or it's equivalent with minimum 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Mathematics and English, from a recognised board and the age limit is 17 years as on 31st December. Candidates satisfying the eligibility requirement for the B.Optom course have to appear for the EYECET examination. The EYECET exam is the centralised, combined, entrance test for entry into optometry courses, which is universally recognised all over the country.
B.Optom course is of 4 year duration.The first 3 years teaching is followed by one year of internship for clinical and trade experience. The optometry course covers a wide variety of subjects, including physical optics, knowledge of optical instruments, general anatomy, physiology, abnormal and pathological conditions of the eye and the methods to measure refractive errors and their correction. Courses in pharmacology, optics, vision science, biochemistry, and systemic disease are included in the curriculum. There will be practical training in Basic Science, Dispensing Optics and Clinical subjects. The forth and final year is internship where the students are posted at various hospitals and specialty eye clinics and Optical establishments for clinical training and hands-on practice. For direct admission to third year B.Optom course, candidates who have completed their 10+2, must have a 2 year diploma course in Optometry, Ophthalmic Techniques, Refraction, Orthoptics and Ophthalmic Assistance with 40% marks from an Institute recognised by Indian Optometric Association and Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University. Candidates with Secondary School Certificate (std X) must have a 3 year diploma course in Ophthalmic Techniques and should have worked in an Ophthalmic clinic or Optical establishment for a minimum period of one year after completion of the course. The candidates, have to submit their work experience certificate from the Ophthalmic clinic or Optical establishment during the time of admission. Age limit for direct admission to 3rd year B.Optom course is 19 years. In addition, they have to appear for the EYECET test. Top Colleges in India offering Optometry Courses All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-16 - B.Sc. (Hons) Ophthalmic technology 3 yrs Ancillary Medical Training School, Medical College Complex Jammu - Diploma (Ophthalmic Assistant) 2 years Andhra Medical College, Vishakhapatnam - Ophthalmic Assistant 1 yr Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh 786002 - Diploma (Ophthalmic Assistant) 2 yrs Birla Institute of Tech. Science, Pilani 333031 - B.Sc. Optometry, 4 years BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur - Certificate (Ophthalmic Assistant) 2 yrs BS Medical College, Bankura 722102 Dean Medical College, Bhopal - Certificate (Opticians/Ophthalmic Assistant) 2 yrs Dean Medical College, Gwalior Dean Medical College, Raipur Gandhi Eye Hospital, Aligarh - Diploma (Optometrist) 2 years Gandhi Eye Hospital, Aligarh (Govt. aided Institution) - Diploma Ophthalmic 2 years Government Medical College and Hospital, Surat - Certificate (Ophthalmic assistant) 2 years Government Medical College, Nagpur - Diploma Optometry, 2 years Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Egmore, Chennai - Diploma Optometry Govt. Medical College Aurangabad - Diploma Optometry, 2 years Govt. Medical College, Patiala Govt. Medical College, Srinagar - Diploma (Ophthalmic Assistant) 2 years Guhawati Medical College, Dispur, Guhawati 781032 Haryana Medical College, Rohtak 124001 - Diploma Ophthalmic assistant Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal 506007 - Diploma Ophthalmic Assistant Karnataka Medical College, Hubli - Diploma Ophthalmic Assistant Kurnool Medical College Kurnool 518002 M & J Institute Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad - Certificate (Ophthalmic assistant) 2 years Madurai Medical College, Madurai - B.Sc. in Optometry 4 yrs and Diploma (Orthoptists) 2 yrs MD Eye Hospital, Gorakhpur - Certificate (Ophthalmic Assistant) 2 yrs Medical College, Behrampur 760004 Medical College, Calicut - Certificate (Ophthalmic Assistant) 2 yrs Medical College, Cuttack 753007 - Diploma Ophthalmic Assistant Medical College, Kottayam - Certificate (Ophthalmic Assistant) 2 yrs Medical College, Trivandrum - Certificate (Ophthalmic Assistant) 2 yrs Minto Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Bangalore - Diploma (Optician & Refractionist) 2 yrs. ML Bai Medical College, Allahabad 211002 - Diploma Ophthalmic Assistant MLN Medical College, Allahabad 211002 - Diploma Ophthalmic assistant North Bengal Medical College, Darjeeling 734432 Patna Medical College, Patna 800004 - Diploma Ophthalmic Assistant Punjab Medical College, Amritsar Regional Medical College, Imphal 795001 - Diploma Ophthalmic Assistant Rotary Eye Institution, Dudhiya Talow, Navasri, Dist. Valsad - Certificate (Ophthalmic assistant) 2 years Sankar Netralaya, Medical Research Foundation, Chennai School of Optometry, Medical College Calcutta - Diploma (Ophthalmic Assistant) 2 yrs School of Optometry, S.D. Eye Hospital, Humayun Nagar Hyderabad - Optometrist School of Optometry, S.D. Eye Hospital, Humayun Nagar Hyderabad - Diploma in Optometry Sitapur Eye Hospital, Aligarh - Diploma (Optometrist) 2 years Sitapur Eye Hospital, Sitapur (Govt. Aided Institution) - Diploma Ophthalmic 2 years SMS Hospital, Jaipur Thanjavur Medical College, Thanjavur 613004


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