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Medical College, School of Optometry, Pune

Programs and Courses

School Of Optometry

Optometry - A Primery Health Care Profession

Optometry is a science, which deals with the structure, Function and working of the human eye and especially in relation to visual, Option symptoms and Refractive errors and their correction primarily by optical aids.

Optometry is an independent discipline accepted academically as such by the pattern of education in follows in most countries of the word. World council of optometry defines an optometrist as a primary eye care professional, institutionally educated and clinically trained examine, diagnose and correct the refractive optical error of visual system by prescribing spectacle, Contact Lenses, Low Vision Aids Vision therapy eye exercise to patients complaining of Visual Symptoms.

The preset scope of Optometric practice is far more than the determination of the refractive state of the eyes prescribing and dispensing of glasses. Today the practice of Optometry also includes the detection of ocular and related systemic diseases, the fitting of contact Lenses and Low Vision Aids. It extends to public health – vision therapy eye exercise to patients complaining of Visual Symptoms.

The present scope of Optometric practice is far more than the historic determination of the refractive state of the refractive state of the eyes the prescribing and dispensing of glasses. Today the practice of Optometry also includes the detection of ocular and related systemic diseases, the fitting of contact Lenses and Low Vision Aids. It extends to public – vision problems associated with driving and flying. It involves Optometric counselling of patients with partial Sight and hereditary vision defects.

Optometrists are concerned with vision care. Like Physician and dentists, optometrists are primary eye care and health professional. Similar to the professional education in pharmacy, which is required in pharmacy, which is required to run a chemist shop, a professional education in Optometry is necessary to efficiency manage any Optical trade including primary dispensing of spectacles. Like Physiotherapy and Orthopedics, Optometry works hand in hand with ophthalmology in treatment of Visual disorders. An Optometrist has the following career opportunities.

  1. Can Start own Eye clinic, Optical Shop, Lens Manufacturing unit, etc.
  2. Can work for eye testing, contact lenses, squint exercise, etc.
  3. With Optician shops, eye doctors, contact lens and ophthalmic lens industry, hospital eye departments etc.
  4. Can get job with optical shops and hospitals overseas.
  5. Can do post-graduation in optometry in optometry and other related subjects.
  6. Can take up teaching optometry as a career with School of Optometry.

Details regarding infrastructural facilities resources available and other activities conducted at the institute are available on this website.

Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Medical Colleges School Of Optometry

Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Medical Colleges School Of Optometry

Established in July 1998, in the school of Optometry has been constituted under the faculty of general Surgery and is presently situated on ground floor of Medical college Building, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Katraj Dhankawadi Campus, Pune 411043. Bachelor of clinical optometry is a full time total four year course. The 1st three year teaching is followed by one year of internship for clinical training. Indian Optometric Association has approved BVDUMC School of optometry and the Bachelor of clinical optometry Course. Since August 2000 Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) Medical College, School of Optometry has been affiliate member of world council of Optometry. Some Student who have passed out from this college have secured admission in M-Optom Course in universities in Australia and England. Since September 2003, BVDUMC School of Optometry is the first Indian institute to start a two year post graduate Masters of Optometry course.

The Course: Bachelor in Clinical Optometry

The Course: Bachelor in Clinical Optometry

The Syllabus for the Bachelor of clinical Optometry (B. Optom) Course aims at preparing an Optometrist who can practice independently. Admission to the course will be at the level of 10+ 2 Science. The course will admit 30 students. The eligible conditions for this is Std. XII with Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics subjects 45% marks. This is a full time total four- years teaching is followed by one year of internship for clinical and trade experience. The course lecture and practical timings are full day 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on all weekdays. Students will be posted in Bharati Hospital Eye Department, other eye hospital, specialized optical Counters and Lens workshops associated for training by the University during the entire duration of the course.

The course has an integrated inter-disciplinary content with relevant aspects of general anatomy & Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology in the Basic Sciences and Physical, Geometrical, Dispensing, Visual and Optometric Optics in the core courses. There will be practical training in Basic Science, Dispensing Optics and clinical subjects. The university has tried to keep an excellent balance between basic preparation and clinical training so as to develop both professional judgment and scientific competence for the trained Optometrist. In addition to Science, Medical and Optometry to topics, there are some special courses on communication and public relation, which are intended to augment skills of the optometrist in patient management. The courses on Accountancy and Computer programming are intended to impact instructions in various aspects of modern practice management.

The fourth & final year is of internship when the students are posted at various hospitals and specialty eye clinic and Optical establishment for clinical training and hands on practice. Indian optometric Association has approved the Bachelor of Clinical Optometry course and Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Medical College, School of Optometry. World council of Optometry recommended Syllabus; training and examination pattern is being adopted. The American, British and Australian educators have accepted it and the students may be readily admitted to those universities for higher educational program leading to a Master and Doctorate. The same syllabus is followed by the developing countries also and has been implemented at most centers that have come up in recent time – even in countries of Africa, Middle East and the Asia Pacific region.

Mission of Institution

Mission of Institution

To promote and provide improved eye care for people throughout the country by preparing the next generations of optometrists and vision researchers. To accomplish our Goal the faculty, staff and students will pursue excellence within our professional, graduate and patient programs.

Objectives of Institution

Objectives of Institution

  • Ensure a dynamic and state-of- the-art curriculum in field of optometry
  • Foster in students a high value on curiosity, creativity, and professional integrity
  • Provide state-of- the-art training and job opportunities
  • Provide public service to the community, profession and society
  • Attract excellent and dedicated Faculty / Staff
  • Awareness of optometry and eye care in the community

Aims and Objectives of the Courses

Aims and Objectives of the Courses

The Bachelor of Clinical Optometry course at Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Medical College, School of Optometry follows all the recommendation of Optometric Association and world Council of Optometry.

The Experts keeping in view the following aims and objectives have designed this Degree Course. The Syllabus for the Bachelor of Clinical Optometry (B. Optom) course aims at preparing a Primary healthcare Professional, an “Optometrist” who can independently undertake

  • Estimate refractive errors of the eye and prescribe corrective measures including spectacle, Contact Lenses Low Vision Aids and Vision Therapy.
  • Detect Pathological conditions of the visual system, which are deviation from Normal.
  • Diagnose ocular and related systemic and neurological diseases and refer the cases to other medical professionals for detailed medical camp; surgical management.
  • Design, manufacture, prescribe and fit all kinds of Optical aids including spectacles, sunglasses, ophthalmic lenses, contact lenses, low vision aids.
  • Examine Diagnose and prescribe treatment oculo-motility malfunctions like phorias, tropias and other types of strabismus (Squint) and Neuro – muscular anomalies.
  • Undertake public health Optometry Projects and vision screening eye camp in school, colleges, urban areas, slums, rural areas and also practice occupational optometry in industries.
  • Public Education on ocular hygiene related nutritional camp; environmental counselling.
  • Offer a helping hand and or efficiently manage and successfully run any ophthalmic clinic, eye department in hospitals, optician shops, optical, ophthalmic industry & trade.

Placements

Placements

The institute takes all round efforts in providing employment opportunities to students. The students can use the Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be) University Medical College School of Optometry, Alumni contact file.

Multi National Companies: Bausch & Lomb, Carl Zeiss, Essilor, Johnson & Johnson, L & M, GKB (Calcutta), GKB Opto Labs, Titan Eye Plus, Reliance.

Hospitals: L.V. Prasad Eye Institute Hyderabad, Narayana Netralaya, Centre for Sight, H.V Deasi Eye Hospital Pune, Ruby Hall Clinic Pune, Lilawati Hospital, Surya Eye Hospital Pune, Shankar Nethralaya – Chennai

Colleges: Singapore Polytechnic College, Bausch & Lamb School (Hyderabad), Nagar School of Optometry Ahmedabad, Aditya Jyot Optometry College Mumbai, Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences.

Working in other countries: USA, UK, Kuwait, Bahrain, Botswana, Dubai, Saudi Arebia, Kenya.

Higher Education: USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia








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