Courses Available

There are two courses available within the Department of Optometery.  Students can study to be Optometrists or Dispensing Opticians.

Some information on the types of roles filled by our graduates is outlined below.

Optometry / Optaiméadracht DT224

Qualification awarded: BSc (Optometry) Level 8 / BSc (Optaiméadracht) Leibhéal 8
Duration of programme: 4 years

Role of the Optometrist

An optometrist’s main functions are to test eyes for short-sightedness, long-sightedness etc. and then to dispense spectacles or contact lenses to correct a patient’s sight, however there are many other jobs which an optometrist will also do:

  • Fit contact lenses
  • Carry out contact lens aftercares to check for any contact lens related problems
  • Teach contact lens insertion, removal and care
  • Carry out pre and post-operative checks for laser eye surgery and other eye surgeries
  • Check the health of the front and back of the eyes and refer to an ophthalmologist where a problem is detected
  • Glaze lenses into spectacle frames
  • Measure patients up for spectacles
  • Advise on eye allergies and dry eyes
  • Advise on nutritional supplements for various eye disorders
  • Prescribe orthoptics eye exercises where there is a problem with the muscle coordination between the two eyes
  • Prescribe patching for children with “lazy eyes”
  • Test patients with very poor vision for low vision aids
  • Advise on the use of low vision aids
  • Prescribe specialist tinted lenses for sports, dyslexia and certain eye diseases

Ophthalmic Dispensing/Dáiliúchán Oftalmach DT219

Qualification awarded: BSc (Ophthalmic Dispensing) Level 7/ BSc (Dáiliúchán Oftalmach) Leibhéal 7
Duration of programme: 3 years

 Role of the Dispensing Optician

Dispensing opticians advise on the most appropriate spectacle frames and lenses for a patient’s optical prescription. They take the client’s visual, lifestyle, cosmetic and vocational needs into account when recommending frames and lenses. Some dispensing opticians work as managers in optical practices.

  • Advise on the most appropriate spectacle frame and lenses and their use.
  • Take facial and frame measurements.
  • Carry out spectacle adjustment and repairs.
  • Order lenses from prescription houses.
  • Advise on optical appliances based on the person’s visual, lifestyle, cosmetic and vocational needs.
  • Interpret the optical prescription written by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist.
  • Check frames and lenses to ensure they meet the required specifications.
  • Play a role in providing the best low vision aid for partially sighted patients.
  • Become involved in Optical Practice management
  • Subsequent to further qualification you may fit contact lenses.

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