About the Department / Program
Optometry is an independent primary health care profession. An Optometrist is a primary health care professional who is institutionally educated and clinically trained in the art and science of Optometry.
“Optometrists play an important role in the early diagnosis of ocular disease and their prompt referral helps people maintain their vision”.
An Optometrist performs comprehensive examinations of both the internal and external structures of the eye: they provide refraction, dispensing, the detection / diagnosis of diseases and management of in the eye and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system. All Optometrists also practice contact lenses, low vision care, occupational vision, pediatric care, sports vision and vision therapy.
The Department of Optometry at Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research was established in the year 2007 under the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences. This department conducts the Undergraduate program namely Bachelor in Optometry (B.Optom). The department is well equipped with the basic and advanced equipment’s to cater to the needs of the people. The department is supported by the state of the art facilities of the University, well equipped library and accommodation facilities.
These infrastructure facilities have attracted national and international students and hence the student’s intake has gradually increased from 16 in 2007 to 60 in 2016.
Department of Optometry is actively involved in Teaching, Out Patient services, Vision rehabilitation, and Vision enhancement for children with special needs; Research and Out- reach activities.
The department of Optometry aims to train and equip optometrists to meet the International scientific and professional standards and also aims to impart Clinical, Research and Entrepreneur skills to provide health care on par with International standards.
Follows a semester Pattern
Program based on Choice based Credit system
Well-equipped clinical demonstration and practical rooms
Adequate library facilities
Small group discussions, Case presentations and journal clubs
Clinical services provided (Specialty work)
Low Vision Care
Member of Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry in India (ASCO), Member of World Council of Optometry (WCO).
Resource centre for International Association of Contact lens Educators (IACLE), Sydney, Australia.