Optometry is a health care profession concerned with eyes and related structures, as well as vision, visual systems, and vision information processing in humans.
An optometrist is an independent primary health care provider who does comprehensive eye examination, diagnoses and management of diseases and disorders of the visual/ocular system. The types of treatment offered by optometrists are prescribing glasses, contact lenses and low vision aids, binocular vision therapy/ treatment, and rehabilitation of the visually impaired.
The scope of optometric practice is great, as there is a huge demand for optometrist both in India and abroad. Optometrists can set up their own private practice and work independently. Optometrist can work as consultants in eye hospitals, occupational/industrial safety programs, and manufacturers of ophthalmic products and can also choose a career in the public health, sports vision, and government service or community health centers. Optometrist can involve in research and specialize as vision scientist. Higher education like M.S, M.Phil, Ph.D or OD (Doctor of Optometry) degree can be pursued after completion of Bachelors in Optometry. The initial monthly income of an optometrist ranges from Rs.20,000 to Rs.40,000.