What students say about optometry
During the first year, we had at least one or two lectures a day, practicals a few times a week, and clinics once a week. This felt like a good balance and we had a good amount of time to work from home then. The first year is all about learning the basics, and then in the second year we will go into more detail, which I'm really looking forward to. The first year clinics were great, well stocked with lenses and high quality optometric instruments. We did a few sessions in the second and third year clinics, so I'm really looking forward to spending more time there this coming year.1st year, Cardiff University
For the 1st semester of studying Optometry I was in 5 days a week Monday to Friday and had about 15 hours of teaching time including lectures, tutorials, lab sessions and practical lessons. For the 2nd semester I had every Wednesday off, but still had about 15 hours of lesson and The content of optometry was varied and interesting. Both semesters included geometrical and physical visual optics (i.e. physics and maths), ocular anatomy and biochemistry (biology and chemistry) and theoretical and practical ophthalmic lenses. In my second semester, I had clinical optometry and interpersonal skills (my favourite - learning how to perform the tests an optometrist does in the clinic). The course is therefore very mixed in terms of subjects included and theoretical and practical approaches.1st year, Anglia Ruskin University
I study optometry. I feel the amount of teaching and clinic work we receive is a good balance, and we always get a chance for extra practice if we need to for our clinics. I feel my course is very interesting, as there's always new information to be learnt - it was only recently a new layer of the cornea was discovered!2nd year, Aston University, Birmingham
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- Dispensing optician
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Students taking a degree in optometry and/ or opthalmics can develop subject-related skills including an understanding of the scientific principles of eye care and the detection, recognition, diagnosis, prevention and management of conditions affecting the eye. Transferable skills you can develop include communication, IT, numeracy, problem-solving and critical evaluation. Optometry graduates tend to work for hospitals, specialist opticians or larger retail stores with optician departments - although some work in universities as researchers.