Optometry at The University of Manchester. Optometrists are usually based in your high street multiples like Specsavers or Vision express, Independent opticians or hospital eye clinics. They prescribe and dispense spectacles, contact lenses, and low vision aids; treat problems with binocular vision. In the last few years there has been a steady increase in optometrists being involved in the primary care of patients with diseases such as diabetes and glaucoma. This has given rise to more emphasis on the study and management of these conditions.
Optometry at Manchester University
Optometry is regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC) in the UK, if you want to practice as an Optometrist you have to be registered with the GOC; In order for you to do this you must take a 3-year BSc degree followed by a pre-registration period of 1 year in a hospital or high-street practice during which your clinical skills will be examined; alternatively you can register directly following the 4-year Master of Optometry degree which is unique to The University of Manchester.
In the course at The University of Manchester you will discover the scientific principles that underpin optometry, including the properties of light, the anatomy of the eye and the processing of vision in the brain. Learn about ophthalmic appliances, such as lenses, and instrumentation, such as retinoscopes. Get introduced to general eye examination techniques and start to meet patients in your second semester.