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Optometry is the branch of medicine that is basically concerned with everything related to eye & vision, which includes the diagnosis of any eye defects & helping the patients by treating them with eye exercises & required lenses. Various diploma, bachelor, and masters Optometry courses are available for those who want to build a successful career in this field.
The opportunity of making a difference in someone’s life is the most satisfying thing as a professional. As sight is the most important one of the five senses. According to research, in every 10 groups of people, more than 6 wear spectacles/ contact lenses on daily basis.
As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for certified optometrists is set to rise faster than average. Around 4000 new optometrist jobs are going to add up to 2028 in the USA. The demand for Optometrists in India and other middle-income countries is even higher.
The data clearly shows that Optometry is a booming career field along with job satisfaction & good quality of life. Optometrists have a flexible schedule of working hours & earn well. A optometry career allows you to choose from several job options. Therefore, this career is highly rewarding & also provides excellent career opportunities & respectable life.
What does an Optometrist do?
Optometrists are certified specialists who are expert at detecting and diagnose the patients’ eyes, vision, eye-related diseases and prescribe treatment for various refractive errors. Surgical procedures include foreign body removal, laser eye surgery & surgical interventions. Optometrists go through rigorous theoretical and practical learning sessions while optometry courses and clinical internships.
How can you become an Optometrist?
Here are the 2 top Optometry courses that you can pursue after 12th and build a successful Optometry career.
|Course Level||Graduation- B.Sc. (optometry)|
|Full form||Bachelor of Science in Optometry|
|Specialization||Contact lenses, Occupational Vision, Sports Vision, Ocular Diseases, Geriatric.|
|BSc Optometry Course Duration||4-year ( 3 year academics+ 1 year internship)|
|Eligibility||10+2 completed from a recognized board of education & PCB in +2|
|Admission Process||Entrance exam followed by a counselling|
|Avg Course Fees||Starts from INR 10,000 and go up to 1 Lakh|
|Job Positions||Optometrist, Sales Executive, Teacher, Research, Consultant, Eye Doctor, etc.|
|Top recruiting areas||Lens manufacturing companies, Optician Showrooms, MNCs selling Eye Care Products, Contact Lens, and Ophthalmic Lens Industry.|
|BSc Optometry Salary||INR 2.5 to 8 Lakhs per annum|
M.Sc. Optometry Course (Master of Science in Optometry)
|Course Level||Post Graduation|
|M.Sc. Optometry Course Duration||2 years|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility Criteria||B.Sc. in Optometry or MBBS from an institute recognized by the Medical Council of India|
|Admission Procedure||Merit Based + Personal Interview. Some Cases, entrance exam is required|
|Job Profile||Optometry Technician, Optometrist, Vision Consultant, Lab Technician, Professor, Clinical Optometrist etc.|
|Top Recruiting Fields||Specialized eye hospitals, Sports vision clinic, Optical manufacturing laboratories, Contact lens manufacturing companies, Behavioural vision care clinic etc.|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Apollo Hospitals, National Institute of Health, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Intelligence Bureau, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, Armed Force Institute of Pathology etc.|
|Average Course Fees||INR 50,000-25,00,000|
|Average Starting Annual Salary||INR 4,00,000-INR 10,00,000 (per annum)|
*Optometrists can pursue M.S, M. Phil, PhD or OD (Doctor of Optometry) degree after completion of Bachelors in Optometry course.
What is the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?
While an Optometrist’s job is to examine the patients’ eyes for infectious agents and to perform vision tests; Opthamologists are highly specialized professionals who perform medical eye surgeries.
Qualities required for becoming an optometrist
Along with completing an optometry course from a recognized institution, an optometrist aspirant also need to possess the following skills:
- Problem-solving ability
- Critical thinking
- Interpersonal skills
- Listening skills
- Quality control
- Supervisory skills
- Decision-making skills
- Learning skills
- Speaking skills
What Are the Various Job Options after the Course?
- Community optometrists: They are directly involved in clinical practice and carry out eyesight examinations, giving advice, prescribing corrective spectacles or contact lenses & diagnosing eye diseases.
- Optometrist researcher: With growing demands in optometry, demands in the field of new equipment for treating diseases are also on the rise. An optometric researcher is a professional who researches various eye defects as well as their corrective measures.
- Domiciliary Optometrist: Domiciliary optometrists work at the local community levels to deliver the healthcare services to people who can't visit the hospitals. Domiciliary optometry takes eye health care out of the examining room and into patients, homes, care homes, & community & day-care centres.
- Customer care associates: These often serve clients over the phone, & can also communicate with the customers individually.
- Private Practitioners: They establish their own private clinics.
- Professor: After completing a Master in Optometry course, you can enter the academic field. This involves teaching the students at universities or institutes.
- Vision Consultant: advice & prescribe the lenses to patients & teach them about their health.
Why Choose ITM Group of Institutions?
Our 4-year long Optometry course is designed to impart necessary skills for them to explore various career opportunities. We impart quality education and internship opportunities to our students to make them fluent in the fundamentals of the field. Along with theoretical aspects of learning, ITM’s
focuses on providing practical experience in the optometry field by on-field training. In addition, we also provide placement assistance to our students at the end of their bachelor's in optometry. Famous companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Bausch & Lomb, Titan Eye+, Ganger Eyenation, Essilor, vision Express, etc. regularly visit our campus for picking our talent and incorporate it into their workforce. So, don’t wait any longer and enroll on our optometry course, this might be the best career decision of your life.