Career, Scope and Opportunities in Optometrist

By | October 14, 2020
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Optometrist is the health care professional related with examination, diagnosis and treatment of eyes. They examine refractive error and prescribe appropriate correction. Moreover, they treat on eye testing, also known as Vision Screening  diagnose visual problems, optometric counseling of patients with partial sight, color blindness and hereditary vision defects, designing and fitting of spectacles, contact lens etc.


Key to Success

To be successful in Optometrist you should have/ develop:

  •   Service mentality
  •   Stamina
  •   Power of concentration

Scope and opportunities

With the changing lifestyle and changed work culture, working on computers for longer hours strains eyes and leads to increase in the eye related problems, hence, making the role of an Optometrist even more important.

Building a career in this field is tough as requires a lot of hard work, dedication and spirit to serve the society.

You must differentiate between Optometrist and Ophthalmologist: Though Optometry goes in tandem with Ophthalmology in treatment of Visual disorders. An Optometrist performs some basic tasks of an Ophthalmologist, except surgery. Whereas Ophthalmologists (Eye Surgeon) are specialized in eye and vision care  and perform eye surgery, as well as diagnose and treat eye diseases and injuries.

Lifestyle & Social Status

  • Indoor job
  • Can open an optic store
  • No long working hours

Job Profile

  • Observes eyes to determine nature and degree of vision problem or eye disease and prescribes corrective lenses or tests to examine visual acuity and perception and to diagnose diseases and other abnormalities, such as glaucoma and color blindness.
  •  Prescribes eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other vision aids or therapeutic procedures to cure or conserve vision.
  •  Advices with and refers patients to OPHTHALMOLOGIST or other health care practitioner if any additional medical treatment is to be done.
  •  Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases if state laws permit.
  •  May specialize in type of services provided, such as contact lenses, low vision aids or vision therapy, or in treatment of specific groups, as children or elderly patients.

Skill set

  • Logical  skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Ability to take timely decisions

Work Value

  • Responsibility
  • Flexible
  • Learning throughout their career
  • Patience

Current Job Scenario

Optometrist Salary can get anything near Rs.15,000 to Rs.20,000 to start with and go upto Rs.25,000 to Rs.30,000 with expertise in the field.

Top Recruiters

They can establish an independent practice by starting their own optical shop, lens manufacturing unit etc. or can work with optician showrooms, eye doctors, contact lens industry, hospital eye departments etc. Optometrists can also seek employment with some multinational organization dealing with eye care products as professional services executives or take up teaching as a career. Optometrists could also take up the work of occupational health specialists in the vision care of industrial workers.

Course Synopsis

To be eligible to join this degree courses in optometry one should be 10+2 with Biology, Physics and Chemistry as main subject with 50% marks.
Age limit to take EYECET is 17 years as on 31st December of the respective year. Age limit for direct admission to 3rd year B.Optom course is 19 years. In addition, they have to appear for the EYECET test.

Interested candidate has to appear for the EYECET examination. The EYECET exam is the centralized, combined, entrance test for entry into optometry courses, which is recognized all over the country. OR

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.

Course Options Bachelor’s of Optometry
Academic Eligibility 10+2 with PCB
Fees Rs. 10K to Rs. 15K per annum
Expenditure in Metro and Tier-1 Rs. 2lakhs to Rs. 2.5lakhs per annum
Expenditure in Tier-2 Rs. 1.75lakhs to Rs. 2lakhs
Duration 3 Years
Mode Regular
Approved UGC
Affiliation Respective University
Entrance Exam NA

 Career prospect

  1. Doctor of optometry
  2. Eye clinic manager
  3. Independent contractor
  4. Optometrist
  5. Practice owner
  6. Optometry service

 Entrance Exam

  • There is no any national level exam for the course, following are the institute or university level exams:
    • EYECET
    • AIIMS Exam
    • JNU Entrance Exam
    • DU Entrance Test
    • CMC

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