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DT224
Optometry

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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Optometrists (Ophthalmic Opticians) are health care professionals who provide primary eye care services. They carry out eye examinations to diagnosis vision defects including myopia (shortsight), hyperopia (longsight), astigmatism and presbyopia and prescribe spectacles. The optometrist’s eye examination will detect eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma and age related macular degeneration. Optometrists are also able to detect ocular signs of systemic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure and diabetes. Patients are referred to doctors by optometrists if medical attention is required. Optometrists in Ireland do not treat eye disease - this is done by the medical profession.


The first year of the Optometry course focuses on the relevant science subjects necessary for optometric training. Clinical teaching commences in year 1 with Vision Science, which aims to equip the student with some of the core clinical skills necessary for the routine eye examination. The clinical training increases throughout the course.

In the third and fourth year of the programme students are taught how to apply their scientific knowledge in a modern, purpose built clinic, the National Optometry Centre (N.O.C.), based at the DIT Kevin Street, with state of the art facilities and equipment.

Students at the end of the 4th year spend a period of 5 months (January - May) working in an Optometric practice under supervision (Students are responsible for their own upkeep during this period). This is designed to give the student workplace experience and skills and to provide them with future employment prospects.


Optometrists (Ophthalmic Opticians) are health care professionals who provide primary eye care services.

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After graduation, you are required to pass the clinical examinations run by the Association of Optometrists, Ireland. Success in these examinations earns you the qualification F.A.O.I. (Fellow of the Association of Optometrists, Ireland). This qualification allows you to register with the Irish Opticians Board and enables you to practice as an optometrist. The majority of newly qualified Optometrists work in established practices in Ireland or the UK. Registration in the UK is possible once you are registered in Ireland.

Some graduates chose to start their own optometric practices
Opportunities also exist to undertake industrial research and to work in hospitals (usually abroad). Graduates have pursued higher research degrees (Masters and Doctoral degrees) through DIT.

The U.S.A. and Canada do not accept Irish (or British) qualifications. North American Optometrists treat eye disease and further study is therefore required.



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