Paramedical in Optometrist
Optometry is a health care profession concerned with eyes and related structures, as well as vision, visual systems, and vision information processing in humans. Optometrists are health care professionals who provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision changes. Optometrists qualify to diagnose and treat eye diseases such as Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataracts, Glaucoma, and Macular Degeneration.
- Patient and caring manner.
- Able to carry out accurate and precise work.
- Good communication skills.
- Enjoy helping people.
Nature of Job
Any work in the health care profession requires a service mentality. So one should be willing to serve people. The job of an optometrist involves working with lenses, which requires high level of accuracy and precision.
So one should be able to do tasks with clockwork precision. One should be a hard working person. Since the job of an optometrist requires that one has to work in a team with ophthalmologists and other technicians, team spirit is of utmost importance. One should have a scientific bent of mind.
The Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye, Mechanical Optics, Orthoptics, Ocular, Motility etc, & practical training.
Eligibility & Admission:
One should have completed 10+2 in science stream with at least 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Mathematics and English taken together in order to a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Optometry.
The eligibility criteria for doing a diploma course in optometry is a pass in class X or class XII. Those who have completed a diploma course in clinical optometry are eligible to get direct admission in to the third year of the degree course in optometry.
As an Optometrist, one can take up jobs in hospitals or clinics where one will be assisting an Ophthalmologist. One can practice at independent optical establishments or can also set up an independent practice of one’s own.
One can go to the US for a Ph.D, degree after the completion of the master’s degree in India. Teaching and research jobs can be taken up in the US and the Canadian universities after the completion of the Ph.D degree.
Many Indian optometrists have also set up successful practices in the US.
Optometry is an emerging career choice in India since statistics show that there are only one thousand professionals in India whereas the requirement of optometrists in the country is more than two lakhs.