Optometrists (Ophthalmic Opticians) are healthcare professionals who provide primary eye care services. They carry out eye examinations to diagnose vision defects, including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia, and prescribe spectacles. The optometrist’s eye examination will detect eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration, as well as ocular signs of systemic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Patients are referred to doctors by optometrists if medical attention is required. Optometrists in Ireland do not treat eye disease, which is done by medical professionals.
The first year of this course focuses on science subjects necessary for optometric training. Clinical teaching begins in Year 1 with Vision Science, which will equip you with some of the core clinical skills necessary for a routine eye examination. The clinical training increases throughout the course. In Years 3 and 4, you’ll learn how to apply your scientific knowledge in a modern, purpose-built clinic, the National Optometry Centre (NOC), using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. You’ll learn to: perform an eye examination to determine if spectacles are required; choose suitable spectacle frames and lenses; fit contact lenses, identify eye-related diseases so that a patient may be managed and referred if necessary; carry out specialized clinics in Low Vision, Aged Vision, Paediatrics and Binocular Vision, and use specialized ophthalmic diagnostic and imaging instrumentation. At the end of Year 4, you’ll spend five months (Jan-May) working in an optometric practice under supervision which will give you work experience and skills and enhance your employment prospects.
A charge of €3,000 is payable by each student to cover essential student services. European Union nationals attending full-time undergraduate courses are normally only required to pay the student contribution, otherwise EU nationals who are following a second or subsequent third-level course, depending on the type and duration of the previous course attended will be liable for the total annual fees.Garda Vetting is required through TU Dublin. Application deadline for EU students is February 1.
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High School Diploma with CGPA of 2.4/4 plus successful completion of TU Dublin Foundation or another recognised pre-university foundation with relevant subjects 60% - 65% or High School Diploma with CGPA of 3.0/4 plus SAT score of 1090/1600 [Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 560, Math 530] OR ACT score of 21.Specific requirements in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry, or Biology.There is an option to enter with successful completion of one year of a Bachelors Degree/Associate Degree with overall average of 2.8 GPA or above with relevant subjects at a recognised third-level or higher education institution in addition to completion of senior high school. This assessment will be on a case-by-case basis.
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