Reality Check on Optometrists
In four years course of Bachelor of Optometry where three years of an intense
foundation along with practical pearls and one-year full clinical experience in an
Eye care hospital is provided. You can get the best experience and knowledge about
optometry through ITM
Myth no. 1. Optometrists can only sell Spectacles
Reality Check: Absolutely Not! Optometrists NEVER sell spectacles. Optometrists DISPENSE Spectacles. In Bachelor of Optometry, we have a specialized subject named Dispensing Optometry, where a student learns What, Who, How and Why to provide certain types of spectacles to a particular person.
For example, The shirt of an adult can't be worn by a child. Similarly, the type of spectacle a 55 year or 30-year-old wearing can't be worn by a 5 year or 3-year-old child. Optometrists note down the measurements of frame and lens required for that particular person and dispense a personalized spectacle for that particular person.
Apart from the spectacles, an Optometrist dispenses Contact lenses, Magnifiers, Prisms and many more.
Myth No. 2. Optometrists only check the number of eyes. Reality Check: NOT AT ALL! Optometrists are the primary eye care professionals who investigate, diagnose and manage eye ailments. In Bachelor of Optometry, a student learns about the different techniques with the ophthalmic instruments to investigate simple refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia to major common diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disorders and many more. Many of the problems are solved by the Optometrists. Myth No. 3 There's no specialization in Optometry Field.
Reality Check: THE COURSE ITSELF IS A SPECIALIZATION ! Bachelor of Optometry itself is a course specialized for only eye care. Even in this course, we have specializations like Low Vision, Binocular Vision, Vision Therapy, Contact Lens, and speciality workup. Low vision deals with the old age group people with their vision, while binocular vision with paediatric and adult age groups, vision therapy, especially for children who have a weak vision and giving exercises can provide better vision. Speciality workup means LASIK workup, Orthoptic Workup, Retinal Workup, Glaucoma Workup.
Myth No. 4. You can only do a Bachelor of Optometry.
Reality Check: WRONG! After a Bachelor of Optometry, students can opt for a master's and PhD if they are interested in the academia, while if a student wants to develop his own speciality clinical skills, one can join fellowship programs of duration of three or six months and even one year and can work in hospitals or set up his own business. If the student is more interested in corporate-level work, one can join an MBA course ahead or can even join MNCs in the optical industry and hospital industry sectors. If the student wants to pursue Dr Of Optometry, he can pursue that abroad. Hence, a Bachelor of Optometry gives you an opportunity to be flexible with your career plan and can turn out to be fruitful.
Myth No. 5. Bachelor of Optometry is not regularized course by Indian Medical Council
Reality Checkup: In the year 2022, Parliament has passed the bill of ALLIED PARAMEDICAL COUNCIL, where the government has declared Optometry in the medical council. The OCI, i.e. Optometry Council Of India, is the registered body where all the students who are passed out as Bachelor of Optometry are grouped and be supported all the national and international support.
ITM Vocational University is also additionally tied up with the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) AND the World Optometry Council (WCO), which gives additional accreditations to our students while they pursue their careers further. ITM Vocational University is the best university to pursue optometry course.
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