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Master of Optometry

 

Overview

Our Masters in Optometry programme focuses toward student centered learning methods in providing basic to advanced level of knowledge in all disciplines of optometry, facilitate practical and clinical exposures for skill training and develop key attitude for professional eye care practice. The current programme enables students to apply recent research to clinical practice, thus, improving their competency as primary eye care professionals and making them a lifelong learner by imbibing evidence based practice in Optometry.

The courses offered in the 1st year deals with advanced optics, ophthalmic diagnostic procedures & instrumentation, research methodology, contact lens, geriatric optometry & low vision rehabilitation, ocular diseases & therapeutics and binocular vision. The 2nd year offers subjects related to occupational optometry, recent advances in optometry, advanced contact lens, low vision, specialty clinics and binocular vision. The students also need to conduct a research study during the 2nd year and submit a dissertation at the end of the Masters course.

[College Code Kolkata: NCMTKOL]    [College Code Durgapur: NCMTDGP]

Master of Optometry
Course Level PG
Duration 2 Years
Eligibility B.Optom
Type Degree


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Scope & Career Opportunities

  • Clinical optometrist in private practice, government or private hospitals
  • Optometrist in retail and corporate sector
  • Lecturer / Professor in academic sector
  • Research assistant, research associate and research coordinator
  • Public health and community optometrist
  • Basic research scientist
  • Orthoptist
  • Professional services
  • Designing and manufacturing of contact lens, spectacles, and much more!

Curriculum

Year I

  • Applied Optometric Optics
  • Advanced ophthalmic diagnostic procedure & instrumentation
  • Epidemiology and community Optometry
  • Research Methodology & Biostatistics
  • Business aspects in Optometry
  • Applied Clinical Optometry
  • Advanced contact lens practice I
  • Geriatric optometry & Low vision rehabilitation I
  • Ocular diseases & Therapeutics
  • Pediatric Optometry & Binocular Vision I

Year II

  • Recent advances in Optometry
  • Occupational optometry
  • Geriatric optometry and low vision rehabilitation II
  • Pediatric optometry & binocular vision II
  • Advance contact lens practice II
  • Specialty Clinics
  • Dissertation

Elective Specialization Papers

  • Low vision and geriatric optometry
  • Advanced contact lens (RGP, Soft, toric, scleral, Rose K, orthokeratology)
  • Pediatric optometry
  • Orthoptics and binocular vision
  • Imaging and diagnostics (both anterior and posterior segment of the eye)
  • Public health and community optometry
  • Occupational optometry

Special Deliverables

  • Problem based learning (PBL) and case-based learning (CBL) to improve clinical decision making ability
  • Weekly seminars and continuous medical education (CME)
  • Evidence based practice (EBP) in optometry
  • Practicing Eye Examination in Simulated Set-ups
  • Invited guest talks by eminent faculty and industry partners
  • Visiting faculty in addition to regular faculty for specialized subjects and topics
  • Access to Knowledge resources through MOOC and online portals
  • Membership for Journal club
  • External clinical supervisors to maintain our standards with the current industry requirements
  • Study tour of tertiary eye hospitals and their ophthalmic examinations techniques
  • Manuscript writing and grant applications
  • Participation in eye screening camps

Industry interactions

Off-campus (Placements)

Since the inception of Optometry at NSHM in 2002, there are 13 batches and 1000+ students graduated from our institute and all of them are successfully working or pursuing higher studies in their respective field of expertise. Our placements have been made in:

  • Essilor
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Alcon
  • Carl Zeiss AG
  • GKB Optical
  • Titan Eye
  • Himalaya Opticals

On-campus (Infrastructure)

Library Facility for students and teachers with academic resources and peer review journals

International Resource Center with academic and research resources emerging areas of contact lens & ophthalmic dispensing from

  • International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE)
  • Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation (Formerly called ICEE Australia)

Laboratories

  • Optics Lab is equipped with equipments to learn geometrical and physical optics
  • Optometry Lab is being currently revamped into a well-equipped modern state-of-the-art laboratory with sufficient equipments, specifically designed both for the Bachelors and Master in Optometry
  • Pre-clinical lab to ready the optometry students on performing refraction, slit lamp and all optometry techniques on standardized and professional patients before the students can perform them on real patients.
  • Computer lab
  • Ophthalmic dispensing lab
  • Specialty labs like contact lens, binocular vision, low vision and others

Classrooms

  • Dedicated classrooms and laboratories only for optometry.

Knowledge Tools

Current Projects

The entire learning process is simulated with live projects which help learn the finer nuances of optical sciences. Our current projects include:

  • Diabetic retinopathy prevalence and incidence among diabetics
  • Myopia incidence and progression among school children
  • Myopia control among school children
  • Rate and nature of glaucoma progression among adult myopic eyes
  • Systematic review and meta-analysis of ocular conditions as myopia, glaucoma etc.
  • Amblyopia and its detection and others.

Knowledge Partners

Our official knowledge partners helping us make this course accessible are:

  • Elite school of Optometry, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai
  • Association of schools and colleges of optometry (ASCO)
  • India vision institute (IVI)
  • Optometry council of India (OCI)
  • World Council of Optometry (WCO)

Apart from this we ensure regular industry interaction with our illustrious academic advisory board panel members like:

  • Dr. Krishnakumar R, Principal, Elite School of Optometry
  • Dr. Anuradha Narayanan, Lecturer, Elite School of Optometry
  • Mr. Venkataraman Ramasethu, Senior clinical optometrist & academic head
  • Dr. Monica Chaudhry, Professor, Ansal University
  • Mr. Shajan Adolph, Country manager, Essilor India and others

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