Let’s decode the elements of optometry degree course
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Optometry is a profession that is included under health care profession. It comes from Greek term which means to “view” and “measure”. Thus, optometry is the primary eye care profession where the specialist identifies the problem area of the eye related to refractive errors and subscribes corrective lenses for the patient.

The specialist that is assigned with the task of carrying out optometry duties is known as optometrist. They enrol for optometry degree course which helps them attain knowledge about understanding any refractive errors and thereby analysing the corrective power that can relieve patients from their suffering.


Who can apply for Optometry degree course?

Students who have opted for science stream in their 10+2 are eligible for admission in this optometry degree course. Let me remind you that these are not doctors or surgeons but an optometrist is a primary source for vision correctiveness and these professionals can also direct you to the right person in case your vision is affected or damaged.


Duties of optometrists as taught under optometry degree course


There are not many institutes for optometry degree course but trained professionals are required for this field as they help you get corrective lenses reliving you from constant headache and eye watering problems. The professionals who have completed optometry degree course can perform the below listed duties:

  • They can conduct vision tests and analyse the results of the vision test.
  • Diagnose problems of the sight such as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
  • They may also diagnose eye disease such as glaucoma
  • Prescribe corrective lenses such as eyeglasses, contact lenses or some other visual aids that helps to correct vision and is permitted by state laws.
  • Perform minor surgeries that can help impaired vision to get corrected or for treating eye diseases.
  • Optometrists extend treatments such as vision therapy and rehabilitation services.
  • Provide eye care to patients who have undergone eye surgery. The surgery care could be post surgery or pre surgery as required by the patient.
  • Evaluate the eye disease of the patient and then recommend them to other doctors who are specialists of the required field.
  • Provide support for eye care and general health by counselling them about how to protect their eyes

Optometrists should not be confused with Ophthalmologists. Optometrists who have completed their optometry degree course are only provided with basic knowledge about correcting vision and performing minor surgeries or suggesting patients doctors who would be able to help them with their vision problems. Ophthalmologists are surgeons who perform difficult tasks related to complete eye care of patients. They prescribe medicines to patients and treat the illness of customers.

While surgeons have a medical degree which is much more difficult to pass then completing optometry degree course. The intensive course for physicians and surgeons equips them with the knowledge which puts them in the head of operations. They direct nurses to carry out tasks and give out orders to healthcare staff for managing the medical supplies of the hospital. They read up on the medical history of patients and thereby are permitted by law to operate or prescribe medicines to them.