B.Sc. Optometry: B.Sc. Optometry is an Undergraduate Program. Optometry is a health care profession which deals with the examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the visual system. It is a vision care science. One can also define it as the science of eye equipment (including lenses and spectacles) which is imbued with the idea of improving the vision of the human eye and remove all kinds of obstacles of sight which an individual may experience. This is a dynamic and challenging career, which allows one to help people, achieve personal growth, community respect, job flexibility and financial success and offers virtually unlimited opportunities. The program is envisaged to develop a multipurpose ophthalmic manpower at paramedical level. The training enables a student to become a competent person in providing service as an Optician, Optometrist, Refractionist and Ophthalmic Assistant to the community in urban, semi-urban and rural settings in private, semi-Governmental and Governmental sectors.
Future Prospect of the Course: In India, after successful completion of the course, the candidate can apply for jobs both in the public and private sectors. One can take up the job titles after optometric studies are optometrist, optician, optometry researcher, teacher or lecturer, sales executive, etc. The average salary after BSc Optometry is INR 2 to 6 lakh per annum. From the above-mentioned jobs, the highest-paid is that of the optician and optometry researcher with INR 5 to 6 lakh per annum.
However, the scope for jobs in the market is really high due to less number of optometrists and the overpopulation of the country, the demand has increased further. Additionally, students can become entrepreneurs and run their own optical shops, optical clinics, lens manufacturing units, etc. Otherwise, they can work in big and small hospitals as an assistant of an ophthalmologist or as optometrists. Thus, the opportunities are endless.
- Super specialty hospitals
- Eye Centers
- Eye Banks
- NICU and pediatric Optometry
- Private and government hospitals having ophthalmology
- Primary Health Centers
- Academic Institutions
- Research Institutions
- Social welfare organizations
- Emergency Medical Care
- NGOs having facility of eye center
- Entrepreneurships (After obtaining license, the candidate can acquire the work permit as per Govt. of India or State Govt. Norms)
Job profiles for Optometry Students are:
- Optometry Researcher
- Ophthalmic Assistant
- Sport Vision Consultant
- Orthoptics specialist
- Ocular prosthetics specialist
- LASIK assistant
- Pediatric optometrist
- Lab instructor