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]






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Hong Kong[edit]


At present there are more than fifty schools of optometry in India. In 1958, two schools of optometry were established, one at Gandhi Eye Hospital, Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh and other one at Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, under second five-year plan by Director General of Health Services of Government of India. These schools offered diplomas in optometry courses of two years duration validated by State Medical Faculties. Subsequently, four more schools were opened across India situated at Sitapur Eye Hospital, Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh, Chennai (formerly Madras) in Tamil Nadu, Bengalooru (formerly Bangalore) in Karnataka and Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Thiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum) in Kerala.[26]

The Elite School of Optometry (ESO) was established in 1985 at Chennai and was the first to offer a four-year degree course. Followed by All india institute of Medical Sciences,New Delhi and Regional Institute Of Ophthalmology, Thiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum) were the first government colleges to offer Bachelors degree in Optometry. This is a list of optometry schools sorted alphabetically by country.

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.

  • Al Salama College of optometry, Perinthalmanna, Calicut and Kannur, Kerala
  • Netaji Subhash Institute of Optometry, Mumbai.
  • A.I.I.M.S. Delhi
  • IGNOU, (Central University) Delhi
  • Amity University Gurgaon, Haryana
  • Jamia Hamdard (Deemed) University, Delhi
  • NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Jadhavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Jankalyan Eye Hospital Educational and research Institute, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • Kalyani University, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Rabindra Bharti University, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • 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
  • Vidyasagar College of Optometry and Vision Science, Kolkata, West Bengal[7]
  • West Bengal University of technology, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth University,Medical College,School of Optometry,Pune, Maharashtra.
  • Dr. DY Patil Institute of Optometry & Visual Science (Deemed) University Maharashtra
  • ITM Institute of Health Science, (Deemed) University, Mumbai, Maharastra
  • Lotus college of Optometry, Mumbai, Maharastra
  • Municipal Eye Hospital, School of Optometry, Mumbai, Maharastra
  • Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nasik, Maharashtra
  • Laxmi college of Optometry, Mumbai, Maharastra
  • Shri Ganpati Netralaya College of optometry, Jalna. Maharastra
  • University of Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Sri NFL Educational Institute of Optometry, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  • SRM University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • The Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R Medical University Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • Vasan Institute of Ophthalmology and Research, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Shri Prakash Institute of Optometry(A Unit of Dr.Agarwals Eye Hospital), Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • Sri Ramchandra University, Porur, Tamil Nadu
  • FAHS(Faculties of Allied Health Sciences Pondicherry),Vinayaka Missions University Tamil Nadu
  • Elite School of Optometry, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Madurai kamraj University, Tamil Nadu
  • Dr.Anand College of Optometry and Vision Science, Salem, Tamil Nadu
  • Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka
  • RGUHS, Karnataka
  • Sankara College of Optometry, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Netrajyothi college of Health Science (Optometry), Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Govt:Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  • Susruta School of Optometry & Visual Sciences, Cochin, Kerala
  • Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • Dr.N.T.R University Of Health Sciences Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
  • University of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • Bareilly Institute of ParaMedical Sciences & S.S. Hospital, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Shri Rajaram Memorial Eye Hospital, Optometry research & Training Institute, BANDA, Uttar Pradesh
  • Uttrakhand University, Uttrakhand
  • Nagar school of Optometry, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujrat
  • Bharatimaiya College of Optometry, Surat, Gujrat
  • Veer Narmad South Gujrat University, Surat, Gujrat
  • J.R.N. Rajasthan vidyapeeth (Deemed) University. Rajasthan
  • NIMS University, Rajasthan
  • Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Science, Assam.
  • The Global Open University Kohima, Nagaland
  • Tripura University, Agartala, Tripura
  • Himalayan University, Arunachal Pradesh
  • 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[20]

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.[22] This course has since been stopped[23] due to staffing issues.[24]

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 [32]
  • Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology
  • Jen-Teh Junior College of Medicine, Nursing, and Management [33]
  • 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)[35][36] 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.[44]

See also[edit]


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