In many countries, the term “course” refers to an academic program that lasts a predetermined length of time. Courses are often, but not always, part of a larger degree program, and they are intended to enhance one’s proficiency related to a given subject or industry.
Just what is a course in optometry? This program of study broadens one’s knowledge of the eyes and how they work and help people obtain and process information. Commonly covered subject areas in optometry courses tend to include vision, vision science, common vision problems and the biological makeup of the human eye. Additional attention is typically given to eye disorders, optics and optical tools and instruments, while many programs also give participants an overview of the various professions available to those with optometry training.
Often, optometry courses are taken to fulfill requirements of a degree program. They are also known to strengthen one’s knowledge of optometry in general, and those who complete optometry courses sometimes have an easier time finding gainful employment than those in the field without the same level of education.
Optometry programs vary in terms of enrollment fees because of considerations such as where a school offering a program is located and how prestigious that school is. Those seeking entry to a specific optometry program should contact the school’s office of admissions for more information.
Most people who partake in optometry courses do so with the goal of ultimately working as optometrists, or eye doctors. Others obtain employment within hospitals, vision centers, doctor’s offices or clinics. Most course participants find work in the health care field, although some positions require additional optometry schooling. A master’s degree is generally needed to teach optometry in a college or university.
Many academic programs exist online and worldwide for those seeking a career in optometry. Many of these programs are listed and described in our database. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.
Around the world, 285 million people are blind or visually impaired. 75% of this is avoidable and 90% is in low- and middle-income countries. In this online course, we hi
Around the world, 285 million people are blind or visually impaired. 75% of this is avoidable and 90% is in low- and middle-income countries. In this online course, we highlight the key facts about avoidable blindness and global initiatives to address it.
What topics will you cover?
Epidemiological data on the causes and prevalence of blindness and visual impairment
VISION 2020: The Right to Sight
The Global Action Plan 2014-2019
Key public health strategies for cataract and refractive error
Health systems strengthening
The essentials of the planning process for eye care programmes
The principles of monitoring and evaluation
What will you achieve?
Describe the magnitude and causes of blindness and visual impairment, both globally and locally.
Evaluate the key public health control strategies to strengthen service provision for cataract and refractive error in your local setting.
Apply the essentials of the planning process for implementation in your setting.
Assess the relevance of the Vision 2020: the right to sight initiative and the applicability of Global action plan 2014-2019 to your local setting.
Interpret the relevance of monitoring and evaluation for effective management of an eye care service.
Who is the course for?