The Bachelor of Science in Optometry (BSc Optometry) is a three-year full-time undergraduate optometry programme split into six semesters.
General physiology and ocular physiology, hospital treatments, low vision aids, geometrical optics, diet, and other topics are included in the BSc Optometry degree programme.
An applicant must have completed a 10+2 or equivalent test in the Science stream to be eligible for the BSc Optometry course.
In India and abroad, the spectrum of optometric practice is exceptionally dynamic and demanding. Optometry is a career option for students who have the ambition, academic skills, and determination to help others. According to research, every third blind person on the planet is an Indian, and millions of those have vision problems. Students gain professional development, community respect, work stability, and financial success by pursuing careers in the relevant domain.
The demand for trained optometrists in India is expected to increase in the coming years. According to industry estimates, India needs over 2 lakh institutionally trained optometrists, compared to only 5,000 qualified professionals currently available. In addition, optometrists are now in high demand as major optical chains emerge.
Scope and Career Options
• Assist ophthalmologists in the hospital clinic
• Practice in optical establishments
• Run optical shop
• Have excellent job opportunities overseas.
• Offer clinical services to multinationals dealing, with the manufacturing and distribution of ophthalmic lenses, contact lenses and ophthalmic instruments.
• Start manufacturing unit for optical lenses.
• Those interested in higher studies can join for M.Sc and PhD programs and take up teaching Optometry as a carrier.
Job Profiles After Completing a Bachelor of Optometry
Candidates will be able to follow a variety of work profiles under any of the employment areas. Initially, work profiles will be numbered; but, as graduates gain experience and expertise, they will be able to seek various job profiles. Some B. Optom work profiles that graduates may apply for are mentioned below.
• Vision Care Associate
• Trainee Optometrist
• Optometry Researcher
• Vision Consultant
• Private Practitioner
Salary After Completing a Degree in Optometry
At the start of their career, an optometrist may expect to earn between Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 40,000 per month. The two main factors that play an important role in an optometrist’s career are experience and reputation. You will get more clients if you have a strong reputation. Graduates can earn up to Rs. 5 lakh per year, depending on their skills and the city in which they choose to work. A skilled optometrist can earn up to Rs. 10 lakh or more per year.