Optometrists are health professionals specialising in eyes – checking for any diseases and correcting long and short-sightedness, for example.
The degree gives you all the skills you need to work as an optometrist, and most graduates from the School will enter the optometry profession in the public or private sector.
It is an optometrist’s role to diagnose problems with vision, offer treatments and to inform patients on how to manage any problems. If you have an interest in how we see and how we process visual information, and want to be part of the healthcare disciplines, then optometry could be for you!
What will I learn?
Students will be educated in the basic vision sciences, for example how the eye works, and how the brain processes visual information so that we can see.
Later in the course, students learn how to diagnose conditions of the eye and sight and how to treat them. You will learn through theoretical and practical work, clinical skills are key and you will gain experience by treating patients while supervised by a professional. You may be assessing very young patients or patients who cannot express themselves, or those who are partially sighted and have difficulty doing day-to-day tasks, and this course will equip you with the skills and understanding needed to compassionately and successfully treat these individuals.
The majority of graduates will go on to work as optometrists either in the NHS or through private companies, such as Specsavers, whilst some graduates choose to continue studying and gain posts in research.
After graduation, you need to spend one year training with a qualified optometrist to gain your full qualification, but our graduates find it easy to get these posts, and once complete, you can register with the General Optical Council and can start to work as an optometrist in your own right.