Optometry – The field, as we all know deals with one of the most sensitive parts of our body- the eyes. To be a good doctor, it is therefore, even more important to ensure the college you would be studying in has the required amenities.
Optometrists are the primary health care saviors (read practitioners) of the eye who provide comprehensive vision and eye care services. Their work includes measuring refractive errors, contact lenses, prescribing glasses and aiding low vision patients.
With such complex nature of work the students are supposed to master, it is mandatory for a college to have the vital facilities.
After all, you cannot expect a chef to cook a sumptuous pasta dish without giving him the required ingredients.
On an average, optometrists see almost 67 patients per week and they perform about 52 refractions in an average week.
Read on to find out more about the requisites of an exemplary Bachelor of Optometry college:
Faculty! Well, without experienced and well-trained professors, a college is nothing. In other words, it is the faculty who are the bearers of the college’s reputation.
If the faculty is competent, qualified and dedicated with enough industrial experience, it is only then that the students would gain something substantial.
In fact, in any degree course, it is of supreme importance for the faculty to be experienced and well-versed with both theoretical and practical aspect of the subject.
After passing out from college, students start working at hospitals, clinics, and labs. If they do not have sufficient experience of working on the basic equipment, it would be a drawback.
Some of the major equipment students should have worked on is the microscope, x-ray diffraction machine, eye testing machines, binocular indirect ophthalmoscope, manual keratometer, slit lamp, tonometer, auto refractor, slit lamp and so forth.
Without having the opportunity to work on such equipment, students would merely study theory which doesn’t require enrollment to a full-fledged college.
Fully Functional OPD
They say that practice makes a man perfect.
Without the required amount of practice during the four years of the degree, it is not possible for the students to be efficient doctors.
It is only when students would observe live patients being treated, would they be able to be efficient doctors themselves. From treating patients to preparing prescription glasses to detection of the eyesight of a patient, future doctors must be thoroughly well-versed about anything and everything.
All this can only be achieved if there is a fully functional OPD where students can go on a regular basis.
Proper and maintained Laboratories
Lens surfacing units, optics laboratory, basic sciences lab, dispensing optics labs are only some of the many laboratories that an optometry college must possess.
Laboratories are the places where Optometry students must spend a major part of their time learning about eye and vision care.
For effective and efficient training, it is mandatory for college to maintain the laboratories properly.
Besides the above mentioned facilities, there are a few other requisites as well that a college must possess-
- The infrastructure must be fully computer operated with 24×7 internet facility available.
- Up to date library with adequate books based on the subject area. Moreover, there must be regular periodicals and journals related to the field.
- Regular industrial visits to ensure the students are in touch with live operations. This is done to ensure that there is enough exposure for the students in reputed hospitals
- End-to-end assistance during campus placements to ensure students are not left jobless.
- Adequate options available for recreational activities.
If your college has all these facilities and even more, you shouldn’t have second thoughts about joining it.
After all, in a course like optometry, you need to have more practical knowledge than digging into books, isn’t it?