News and Events

The students and staff at DIT Optometry take part in various teaching and fundraising events throughout the academic year. 

From trips abroad to workshops to organising visits from our industrial partners there is always something going on. 

Here are just a few of the events we have organised and taken part in over the last couple of years.

 

 

Many thanks to all the DIT Optometry graduates who came in on September 18th to speak to the BSc Optometry undergraduates about all their experiences since graduating. The undergraduates found the talks really interesting and insightful. At the evening were: Anne-Ita Mc Hugh, Specsavers director in Bristol, Niall Farnon working in private practice in Trinidad and teaching at the University of the West Indies, Catriona Barrett, post-graduate researcher and lecturer in DIT, Ruth Ellard graduated from medicine and now training to be an ophthalmologist, Ken Murray, independant practice owner and Susan O' Shea, a sales representative for MDI medical and locum optometrist.

 

 

Congratulations to Bernadette Ross from the optometry programme, on being chosen to represent DIT in the Coopervision FORCE (future ocular research creativity event) in the U.K. in January

 

 

Congratulations to third year optometry student Chris Burke on becoming the new BCLA (British Contact Lens Association) student ambassador for DIT.

DIT's annual Sciences & Health and Engineering & Built Environment Open Day took place on Saturday 8th April 2017.


This was well attended by many students who have put STEM courses on their CAO forms.

A big thank you to Shail Patel and Megan Shallcross from Coopervision who came in to DIT at the end of January to facilitate a multifocal contact lens workshop with the third year BSc Optometry undergraduates. Eight patients were successfully fitted at the workshop and the students found the whole experience invaluable.

 
 

In January staff members Claire Mc Donnell & Veronica O'Dwyer traveled to Bulgaria with two final year BSc Optometry students, Michaela Doyle-Geary & Gemma Roche. In Sofia they met up with staff & students from Sofia University's optometry department. The group travelled together to a town called Sapareva Banya 80 kms south of Sofia. Over 3 days the staff & students screened and tested approximately 300 people (mainly children) who braved sub zero temperatures and driving snow to come and have an eye test. Our Bulgarian hosts were wonderful and we hope that the Bulgarians will make a return visit to Ireland in the future. This trip was made possible by the very generous sponsorship of all of the Specsavers Republic of Ireland branches.

DIT's annual Open Day will take place in Aungier Street on Friday December 2nd and Saturday December 3rd from 9am - 2pm.

This is an opportunity for prospective students to discover DIT for themselves, meet current students and staff as well as attend presentations. (Link)

Thanks to Andy Elder-Smith from Bausch and Lomb who ran two scleral lens fitting workshops recently in the National Optometry Centre - one for qualified practitioners and one for our final year undergraduates

Both sessions were very successful and two undergraduates were so impressed with the vision and comfort of the lenses that they are now being fitted with scleral lenses.  (November 2016)

Well done to our two second year dispensing students, Sarah and Emma, on successfully hosting a peer discussion meeting for ten registered dispensing opticians.

A big thank you to all those who came in, participated and supported the students.  (November 2016)

In October 2016 the inaugural undergraduate optics challenge event took place at Kevin Street DIT.

The event was won by "A Sight 4 Sore Eyes". 

Congratulations to the winners and well done to all who took part.

Congratulations to final year BSc Optometry Undergraduates Gemma Roche and Michaela Doyle-Geary on being selected to travel to Bulgaria with two staff members to connect with optometry staff and students from the University of Sofia. They will spend a week in Bulgaria screening and testing the vision of local schoolchildren. This project has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Republic of Ireland branches of Specsavers. (September 2016)

 

 The Irish Association of Dispensing Opticians will host a Continuing Education and Training Day on Sunday September 25th 2016.  Topics will include Assessing children’s vision, Dispensing for facial disfigurement & Facial measurements and regular bridge fitting

 

 Congratulations to 3rd year Optometry student Lucie Jones who, in May 2016, was invited to be the DIT student rep to the BCLA (British Contact Lens Association)

 

 

 The School of Physics had it's anual prize giving ceromony on April 13th and the Department of Optometry was well represented.  You can see our many prize winners here.

Each year, approximately 9000 CAO applicants include a preference for STEM subjects in DIT. On Saturday, 9th April, DIT hosted a special Open Day for students interested in programmes in Sciences and Health, Engineering and Built Environment.

 

 

 

 March 2016 saw the department launch it's new Graduate Mentor Program with an information evening

 

 

 In December 2015 the DIT hosted it's annual open day.  The Optometry team was there to answer any questions and to allow our new students an opportunity to meet current students and staff from all over the DIT, attend presentations and check out the facilities for their programme.

 

 

 In November some final year Optometry students took part in screenings for primary school pupils in the various national schools in Dublin 8.
Children who fail the screening are given a letter to take to their parents asking them to bring their child into DIT’s on-campus optometry clinic – the National Optometry Centre.

 

 

 

 Scleral lens fitting workshop took place this October for for 4th year Optometry students

 

 

 October 8th was World Sight Day and many of our Optometry and Dispensing students took part in some fundraising for Optometry Giving Sight (OGS).

 

 

 The Association of Optometrists Ireland hosted an information evening for students of both the Optometry Course and the Dispensing Course in September.

 

In September 2015 the Department of Optometry was delighted to welcome students to our new Ophthalmic Dispensing Programme DT219.

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