Optometry is concerned with the examination, diagnosis and treatment of the eyes. A primary health care profession, it is particularly concerned with the correction of vision problems. As a practising optometrist you will need an understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and medicine.
Within this context, this degree has two main aims: to provide you with extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of optometry, including social and ethical aspects; to enable you to devise original ideas and theories and to scientifically test them.
The scope of this course calls for a variety of teaching methods, including formal lectures and tutorials, practical demonstrations, laboratory time and clinical sessions. The opportunity to gain practical experience through visits to local hospital clinics will give you a flavour of the demands of professional practice. The focus on practical skills is an important element in preparing you for entry into a professional environment.
When you graduate you will be able to: demonstrate a knowledge of practical competencies, particularly in the use and application of laboratory and clinical apparatus; demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical principles that underpin current practice; display skills in the recording and interpretation of patient data, including the ability to make decisions based on clinical rationale.
This is an intellectually demanding course requiring competence in a range of related disciplines. Optometry offers not just a challenging and rewarding career, but also the chance to use your skills to help people.
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