Optometrists and Dispensing Optidans

Optometrists specialize in eye care, examining and diagnosing visual problems, and prescribing corrective lenses or other treatments. They play a crucial role in maintaining eye health and preventing vision-related issues.

Areas of Work:

  • Optometry Clinics: Conducting eye examinations and prescribing glasses or contact lenses.
  • Hospitals: Collaborating with ophthalmologists for comprehensive eye care.
  • Vision Rehabilitation Centers: Assisting individuals with visual impairments.
  • Research and Development: Contributing to advancements in vision care.

Academic Requirements:

  1. ACSEE Level:
    • Obtain at least two principal-level passes, with Biology and Chemistry as preferred subjects.
    • Meet the university’s specified total points requirement.
  2. Doctor of Optometry (OD):
    • Apply for admission to a recognized university offering the Doctor of Optometry program.
    • Successfully complete the OD program, which includes clinical training and hands-on experience.
  3. Internship and Registration:
    • Complete a supervised internship after the OD program.
    • Professional Body: Register with the Optical Council of Tanzania (OCT) to become a licensed optometrist.

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