List of optometry schools

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The following list of optometry schools covers many countries, although the list is not exhaustive. Internationally, optometry as a profession includes different levels of education.[1] The institutions listed below provide academic and professional education and clinical training that ranges from Doctor of Optometry degree level to other professional degrees in optometry and also non-degree level education leading to a diploma or other qualifications in optometry.

In many countries the role of optometry is statutorily defined, practice is regulated and there is uniformity in professional education and clinical training and the scope of practice is consistent with the definition of optometry as a profession. In such countries the nomenclature of terminal qualification may be reviewed as and when necessary. In Australia, for example, Doctor of Optometry (OD) is now established at University of Melbourne (first intake 2011) and OD is described as "an internationally recognised qualification and the gold standard for optometry education."[2]

This is a list of optometry schools sorted alphabetically by country.







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The following list includes educational institutions offering four year degree courses, two or three year diploma courses and also non-degree courses. Post-graduate education in optometry is also offered in India leading to M.Optom, M.Phil., M.Sc. and Ph.D. by several universities.

  1. A.I.I.M.S.
  2. Susruta School of Optometry & Visual Sciences, Cochin, Kerala
  3. Nagar school of Optometry, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
  4. Amity University Gurgaon, Haryana
  5. Bareilly Institute of ParaMedical Sciences & S.S. Hospital, Bareilly, Uttar pradesh.
  6. Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry, Hyderabad
  7. Elite School of Optometry, Chennai
  8. FAHS(Faculties of Allied Health Sciences Pondicherry),Vinayaka Missions University TN
  9. Bharatimaiya College of Optometry, Surat.
  10. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore,
  11. Bharati Vidyapeeth University,Medical College,School of Optometry,Pune,Maharashtra.
  12. Dr. DY Patil Institute of Optometry & Visual Science ( Deemed ) University Maharastra
  13. Dr.N.T.R University Of Health Sciences Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
  14. Alsalama Optometry college, Perinthalmanna
  15. Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Govt:Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  16. Himalayan University,Arunachal Pradesh
  17. IGNOU, (Central University) Delhi
  18. ITM Institute of Health Science, (Deemed) University, Mumbai
  19. J.R.N. Rajasthan vidyapeeth (Deemed) university.
  20. Jadhavpur University, Kolkata, W. Bangal
  21. Jamia Hamdard (Deemed) University, Delhi
  22. Webvez Institute, Mahoba
  23. Kalyani University, Kolkata, W. Bangal
  24. Lotus college of Optometry
  25. Madurai kamraj University
  26. Manipal university, Manipal, Karnataka
  27. Martin Luther King University, Shillog, Meghalaya
  28. Municipal Eye Hospital, School of Optometry, Mumbai
  29. NIMS University, Rajasthan
  30. Rabindra Bharti University, Kolkata,W. Bangal
  31. RGUHS, Karnataka
  32. Sankara College of Optometry, Bangalore
  33. Sri Ramchandra University, Porur, Tamil Nadu
  34. Sri NFL Educational Institute of Optometry, Vellore, Tamilnadu
  35. Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Science, Assam.
  36. SRM University, Chennai,Tamil Nadu
  37. Shri Rajaram Memorial Eye Hospital, Optometry research & Training Institute, BANDA
  38. The Global Open University Kohima, Nagaland
  39. The Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R Medical University Chennai,Tamil Nadu
  40. Tripura University, Agartala,Tripura
  41. University of Hyderabad
  42. University of Mumbai, Maharastra
  43. Uttrakhand University, UttrakhandUttrakhand
  1. Vasan Institute of Ophthalmology and Research, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  2. Veer Narmad South Gujrat University,Surat,Gujrat
  3. Vidyasagar College of Optometry and Vision Science, Kolkat
  4. West Bengal University of technology, Kolkata
  5. Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) Maharashtra
  6. Netrajyothi college of Health Science (Optometry), Bangalore
  7. Dr.Anand College of Optometry and Vision Science, Salem

Lotus college of Optometry Juhu Mumbai Laxmi college of Optometry Mumbai Lotus Bausch&Lomb School of Optometry, Coimbatore, Cochin, Salem

# Shri Ganpati Netralaya college of optometry,Jalna.
  1. All India Institute of Optical Science And Refraction Hospital Trust.Rajdanga,Nabapalli,Near Ruby Hospital,Kolkata. West Bengal.





Currently there are seven state universities (in Milano, Padova, Lecce, Roma, Firenze, Napoli, and Torino) offering three-year university degrees in optics and optometry (Ottica e Optometria), formally a kind of a physics degree.






  • Tribhuwan University at the B.P. Koirala Lions Centre for Ophthalmic Studies, Maharajgunj Medical Campus. Four-year bachelor's degree program only, with no post-graduate programs available.

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New Zealand[edit]


There are five schools offering the O.D. (Doctor of Optometry) degree.







  • Saint Petersburg Medical Technical College [43]
  • The Helmholtz Research Institute for Eye Diseases[18]

Saudi Arabia[edit]

  • King Saud University, Riyadh, which offers Doctor of optometry (OD) and master's degree in Vision Science.
  • Qassim University, Buraidah,Al-Qassim which offers Doctor of optometry (OD)


In 2009 University of Manchester (UK) and Singapore Polytechnic set up a degree course in optometry within the premises of Singapore Polytechnic. The degree is not recognised by the General Optical Council (GOC) in the United Kingdom.[20] This course has since been stopped[21] due to staffing issues.[22]

South Africa[edit]

Sri Lanka[edit]

School of Ophthalmic Technology, established in 1983 by ministry of health at National Eye Hospital Colombo with the initiation of Dr. C E Parker III. Honours the Diploma in Ophthalmic technologist. Still a degree programme does not exist. These ophthalmic technologists are trained for the purpose of government hospitals. The course is also undergone by other SAARC countries: Nepal, Maldives and Pakistan. Meantime part-time courses are conducted by private institutes to provide diploma for private sectors. Namely EYE CARE INSTITUTE and SRI LANKA OPTOMETRIST ASSOCIATION. The government of Sri Lanka does not recognize optometry as a profession and has no rule and regulation to date.





There is currently 1 university offering a bachelor's degree in optometry and 2 educational institutions offering an associate degree in optometry:


Trinidad & Tobago[edit]

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland[edit]

There are 10 educational institutions in the United Kingdom offering degrees in optometry. Seven are located in England with one optometry school in each of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Additionally, in England, the Institute of Optometry offers a post-graduate professional doctorate (Doctor of Optometry degree)[33][34] in partnership with London South Bank University.




Northern Ireland[edit]

United States of America[edit]

There are 21 American educational institutions offering the Doctor of Optometry degree. However, many new schools are currently preparing new programs. There is much debate as to whether these additional schools are necessary. There is a general sentiment that the current state of optometry is already saturated and with falling board passage rates, many question the quality of these new programs.

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