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Fergus O'Connell

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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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Course Code:
DT224
Title:
Optometry
College:
DIT
Qualification:
Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
Duration:
4 Years

 

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

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Optometry is the sciences associated with vision, the examination and assessment of visual functions, detection of eye diseases, correction of sight by spectacles and contact lenses, and the management of a variety of other visual problems.

The courses initial topics include physics, chemistry, maths and optics, before focusing on optometry.



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Career as Ophthalmic optician involves testing visual function and advising on visual impairment and defects.

 

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