What is Optometry


Optometry is an independent profession in eye care. Its practice includes a complete examination of the visual system required for the estimation ofrefractive errors. It also covers the fitting, manufacturing and supplying of spectacles, contact lenses and all other optical aids. 



WCO's concept of Optometry: " Optometry is a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated and regulated (licensed/registered), and optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system. "

An optometrist is a primary health care professional who is institutionally educated and clinically trained in the art and science of optometry .He is required to examine the eyes and the visual system, diagnose the visual problem, prescribe and provide remedial, corrective treatment. 



If any pathological condition is detected during the examination, the optometrist immediately refers the patient to an Ophthalmologist (ophthalmic surgeon) for medical therapy and/or surgical correction.

Optometric practice does not only include the determination of the refractive status of the eyes, prescribing and dispensing of glasses, it has a wider scope than that. With the advance of technology, and newer products being introduced in quick succession, an optometrist is also required to upgrade his knowledge continuously. For an optometrist to be a thorough professional, his optometric education through the proper channels is very important.


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  • The Optometric Education Society (O E S) Lotus College of Optometry was established in the year 2000, by Late Shree Naval P.Baliwalla, as Mumbai’s first four year degree program in Optometry. It is a unit of the Optometric Education Society, a government registere ...

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  • Lotus College aims at preparing a cadre of well-qualified optometrists trained to provide primary eye care services to the society as well as to the optical industry opening vistas of opportunity for each student, to pursue a career of choice like academics, research and development in optical ...
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  • The Lotus College of Optometry 

    Lotus Eye Hospital, 13th NS Road, (Opp. Juhu Bus Terminus),

    JVPD, Mumbai 400049.

    Telephone : (022) 3255 6835 /  26207655 / 08879 83 86 81.

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