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. Al Salama College of optometry, Perinthalmanna, Calicut and Kannur, Kerala
  2. Netaji Subhash Institute of Optometry, Mumbai.
  3. A.I.I.M.S. Delhi
  4. IGNOU, (Central University) Delhi
  5. Amity University Gurgaon, Haryana
  6. Jamia Hamdard (Deemed) University, Delhi
  7. NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata, West Bengal
  8. Jadhavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal
  9. Kalyani University, Kolkata, West Bengal
  10. Rabindra Bharti University, Kolkata, West Bengal
  11. All India Institute of Optometrical Sciences (Academic Wing of Indian Optical Institute and Refraction Hospital Trust.). Kolkata. West Bengal. Pioneer of Optometry Education in India since 1932
  12. Vidyasagar College of Optometry and Vision Science, Kolkata, West Bengal
  13. West Bengal University of technology, Kolkata, West Bengal
  14. Bharati Vidyapeeth University,Medical College,School of Optometry,Pune, Maharashtra.
  15. Dr. DY Patil Institute of Optometry & Visual Science (Deemed) University Maharashtra
  16. ITM Institute of Health Science, (Deemed) University, Mumbai, Maharastra
  17. Lotus college of Optometry, Mumbai, Maharastra
  18. Municipal Eye Hospital, School of Optometry, Mumbai, Maharastra
  19. Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nasik, Maharashtra
  20. Laxmi college of Optometry, Mumbai, Maharastra
  21. Shri Ganpati Netralaya College of optometry, Jalna. Maharastra
  22. University of Mumbai, Maharashtra
  23. Sri NFL Educational Institute of Optometry, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  24. SRM University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  25. The Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R Medical University Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  26. Vasan Institute of Ophthalmology and Research, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  27. Sri Ramchandra University, Porur, Tamil Nadu
  28. FAHS(Faculties of Allied Health Sciences Pondicherry),Vinayaka Missions University Tamil Nadu
  29. Elite School of Optometry, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  30. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  31. Madurai kamraj University, Tamil Nadu
  32. Dr.Anand College of Optometry and Vision Science, Salem, Tamil Nadu
  33. Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka
  34. RGUHS, Karnataka
  35. Sankara College of Optometry, Bangalore, Karnataka
  36. Netrajyothi college of Health Science (Optometry), Bangalore, Karnataka
  37. Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Govt:Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  38. Susruta School of Optometry & Visual Sciences, Cochin, Kerala
  39. Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  40. Dr.N.T.R University Of Health Sciences Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
  41. University of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  42. Bareilly Institute of ParaMedical Sciences & S.S. Hospital, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.
  43. Webvez Institute, Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh
  44. Shri Rajaram Memorial Eye Hospital, Optometry research & Training Institute, BANDA, Uttar Pradesh
  45. Uttrakhand University, Uttrakhand
  46. Nagar school of Optometry, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujrat
  47. Bharatimaiya College of Optometry, Surat, Gujrat
  48. Veer Narmad South Gujrat University, Surat, Gujrat
  49. J.R.N. Rajasthan vidyapeeth (Deemed) University. Rajasthan
  50. NIMS University, Rajasthan
  51. Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Science, Assam.
  52. The Global Open University Kohima, Nagaland
  53. Tripura University, Agartala, Tripura
  54. Himalayan University, Arunachal Pradesh
  55. Martin Luther King University, Shillog, Meghalaya





Currently there are seven state universities (in Milano, Padova, Salento, 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.

The Netherlands[edit]

New Zealand[edit]


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







  • Saint Petersburg Medical Technical College [41]
  • The Helmholtz Research Institute for Eye Diseases[19]

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.[21] This course has since been stopped[22] due to staffing issues.[23]

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 are currently 3 universities offering a bachelor's degree in optometry and 2 educational institutions offering an associate degree in optometry:

  • Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology (CUMT)
  • Chung Shan Medical University [31]
  • Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology
  • Jen-Teh Junior College of Medicine, Nursing, and Management [32]
  • Shu-Zen College of Medicine and Management [42]


Trinidad & Tobago[edit]

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland[edit]

There are 11 educational institutions in the United Kingdom offering degrees in optometry. Eight 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)[34][35] in partnership with London South Bank University.




Northern Ireland[edit]

United States of America[edit]

There are 23 American educational institutions offering the Doctor of Optometry degree. However, many new schools are currently preparing new programs.[43]

See also[edit]


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