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Optometrist has opening to be in any of the following industries or organisations:

  • Health care
  • Education
  • Training & Development
  • Entrepreneur
  • Research & Development
  • Occupational optometrist
  • Community Optometry
  • Clinical Optometry
  • UN, WHO. Etc.,
  • Government Projects,

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Scope for Optometrist

Clinical Sector:

Consultant Optometrist
Work with surgeons
Work with eye hospitals
Visual Rehabilitation
Clinical Research

Own Specialized practice in:

Contact Lens
Low Vision
Sports Vision
Vision Therapy
Squint department
Optical settings

Academic Sector:

Involved in Teaching
Training & Development

Retail Sector:

Dispensing spectacles
Eye Expert

Service Organisations - W H O , U N etc.,

Community eye care Optometrist
Public health activity.

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Need for Optometry

There are currently 146 optometry schools and colleges in our country and the count of graduating optometrist is approximately 2,115. The demand is 10,000 Optometrist each year, and hence there is a short-fall of 6500 optometrist per academic year. For a country with 1.3 billion populations, there is a huge shortage of Ophthalmologist & Optometrist. Currently the ratio is 1 Eye care professional to 1,25,000 people. The aim therefore should be at least 1 Ophthalmologist & Optometrist for 10,000 people.

Courtesy : Association of Schools & Colleges of Optometry. www.asco-india.org.

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Eligibility Conditions

Students who have passed 10 + 2 exam with min score of 50% in Science subjects are eligible for applying for the course. The key skills that is required is the ability to think critically, zeal for learning and genuine care and concern for people of the community.

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Benefits of Graduating in Optometry

  • Placement – In a generation where there are more graduates and less jobs in the world with more worry about career prospects, Optometrist are able to immediately begin their career since the demand for optometrist is high.
  • A rewarding career with financial security and many career options. One course that has scope for work in different sectors of practice: Private practice as an Entrepreneur, Hospital Practice, Education, Corporate, Research, Training etc., mobility between sectors allows the graduates to choose to transfer between sectors or combine a number of different sectors at one time.
  • With more young graduates working at different shift timing and running their health, this career offers good Work- Life balance and job flexibility with safe and secure work timing.
  • Shows high level of job satisfaction as it is to do with care and compassion. Highly respected and progressive profession that serves and helps others
  • Continuous Education & Learning opportunity with promising personal growth.


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