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Programme Code:3650   

What is Optometry?

Optometry is a primary health care profession. It is an independent profession and its services are directly accessible by the public. The World Council of Optometry defines the concept of Optometry as follows:

"Optometry is a health care profession that is autonomous, educated and regulated (licensed/ registered), and optometrists are the primary health care 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".

What do Optometrists do?

Optometrists provide primary vision and eye care to the community. Specifically, they

  • assess vision
  • screen, detect and manage visual and ocular problems
  • refract
  • prescribe and dispense spectacles, contact lenses and vision therapy
  • prescribe and dispense other special visual aids
  • provide advice on visual behaviour
  • provide advice on visual ergonomics

Are Optometrists Licensed?

In the HKSAR, optometrists must be registered with the Optometrists Board before they can practise.

5-year Programme Description

The programme consists of basic sciences in the first year, more specific training in optometric and visual sciences in the second year, clinical Optometry in the third year, and clinical training in the fourth and fifth year.

Throughout the 5-year programme, there is particular emphasis on ethical behaviour and maintaining high standards of clinical practice.

Programme Content

First Year

•    Advanced Physiology
•    Anatomy for Optometry
•    Cluster Areas Requirement Subjects
•    Freshman Seminar
•    Healthy Lifestyle
•    Human Anatomy
•    Human Physiology
•    Introductory Cell Biology and Biochemistry
•    Language and Communication Requirements (Chinese)
•    Language and Communication Requirements (English)
•    Leadership & Intra-personal Development
•    Optics
•    Visual Science

Second Year

•    Applied Microbiology
•    Clinical Optometry  
•    Cluster Areas Requirement Subjects
•    Foundation Pathology
•    Language and Communication Requirements (English)
•    Ocular Physiology
•    Ophthalmic Optics and Dispensing
•    Optics
•    Psychology in Health Care  
•    Visual Science

Third Year

•    Applied Statistics and Research Methodology
•    Chinese for Optometry 
•    Clinical Optometry
•    Cluster Areas Requirement Subjects
•    English for Optometry
•    Ocular Pathology
•    Ophthalmic Optics and Dispensing
•    Professional Studies
•    Visual Science 

Fourth Year

•    Case Conference
•    Clinical Binocular Vision
•    Cluster Areas Requirement Subjects
•    Contact Lens Practice
•    General and Ocular Pharmacology
•    Management and Prevention of Refractive Errors
•    Optometry Clinic
•    Optometry Specialisms
•    Practice Management
•    Project
•    Public Health Optometry

Summer Semester

•    Optometry Clinic

Fifth Year

•    Case Conference
•    Contact Lens Clinic
•    Geriatric and Vision Rehabilitation Clinic
•    Ocular Disease Management
•    Optometry Clinic
•    Paediatric and Visual Training Clinic
•    Practice Management
•    Project

Remarks:  Cluster-Area Requirements subjects may be taken in any semester including the Summer Term during Years 1 to 3.

Education Highlights

An All-round Education
Apart from providing knowledge and expertise in Optometry, the School endeavors to give its students a wide range of experiences to prepare them for professional life. Students are encouraged to organize and participate in charitable vision screening programmes for the disadvantaged locally and also in the Mainland China. Students also participate in eye care promotion programmes to the public.

Research is an important part of our curriculum. Starting in the fourth year, all students participate in a team research project under the close supervision of an academic staff member. The School's research strengths are in the areas of myopia and the ageing eye.

The school provides comprehensive and intensive clinical training to our students. The fourth and fifth year students will be rotated to Primary Eye Care Clinic, Contact Lens Clinic, Paediatric and Visual Training Clinic, Geriatric and Vision Rehabilitation Clinic, and Ocular Health Clinic. These clinics are located at 3 different sites - Optometry Clinic on PolyU campus, Integrated Community Health Centre in Lai King, and Sik Sik Yuen-The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Optometry Centre in Wong Tai Sin. Under the guidance of our academic and clinical staff, students gain real experience in the investigation, diagnosis and management of vision and eye diseases.