Optometry Definition-Scope of Doctor of Optometry (OD) in Pakistan & Abroad, Jobs, Super Tips, Eligibility Criteria, Job Nature, Career & Benefits
Doctor of Optometry (OD) is a new eye healthcare degree in Pakistan.This degree has alleviated the social status of optometrists. Now optometrists who will join the filed of optometry through doctor of optometry degree (OD) will be called doctor. Its not a change of just nomenclature as, OD degree will attract lot of students towards the important healthcare science of optometry. This field will provide you complete job satisfaction and you will also be able to earn lot of money.
Career & Scope of Doctor of Optometry (OD) in Pakistan-Eligibility, Tips & Nature of Work
If you have a strong desire to become a doctor but your marks in FSc Pre Medical/A-Level do not allow you to get admission in MBBS or BDS then you must think about the option of Doctor of Optometry (OD) very seriously. Also read our article “Alternative options of MBBS & BDS after FSc Pre Medical & A-Level“. A qualified optometrist (Not Doctor of Optometry) in Lahore is earning million of rupees by manufacturing following products locally in his personal labs.
Light Weight Ocular Prosthesis
Re-Adjustable Omni-Fit Enucleation Implant
Cross-Linked PMMA Prosthesis
Calibrated Prostho-Guide Conformer
Cosmetic Contact Shells
Congenital Anophthalmia and Microphthalmia
He sells his products only his own clinic All these products (Made in China & Germany) are available in market still people prefer to buy them from local but qualified optometrist although his charges are much higher than market. Visit http://www.sights.com.pk for details. No rocket science is involved at all in preparing all these products. Even a trained technician can do it. I have personally seen many such technician in Shah Almi market Lahore but they can not sell their products in a very high price just due to their low qualification.
For example two year before one of my friend from Faisalabad bought an artificial eye from for his brother, who had lost his left eye in an accident from a qualified optometrist in 20000 rupees. Eye was delivered to him after two weeks. One year later he came from Faisalabad to seek my help for buying another artificial eye for his brother for emergency use. We bought a much better artificial eye from Shah Almi market in just 1500 rupees. Technician took just 30 minutes in preparing and polishing the artificial eye. Believe me i want to sue that optometrist of Faisalabad, who is looting the people. You may also enter in this field as there is a great demand of qualified doctor of optometry (OD) in Pakistan, but kindly do not take so much profit.
What is Optometry?
Optometry is all about measuring eyesight, prescribing medication & lenses, detecting visual disorders and managing eye injuries and diseases.
Difference Between Ophthalmologists & Optometrists
Many premedical students do not understand the difference between the students Optometrists and Ophthalmologists. There is a clear cut difference between these two professionals as ophthalmologists are those eye physicians are even allowed to perform eye surgery. Diagnose and treatment of eye diseases and injuries is a common factor between them.
Eligibility Criteria For Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Minimum 50% marks in F.Sc Pre-Medical or A-Level are required for getting admission in Doctor of Optometry (OD) course.
Duration of Doctor of Optometry (OD) program is also 5 years (10 semesters of 175 Credit Hours). Doctor of Optometry (OD) is an HEC recognized degree.
Do you know that famous Muslim scientist Ibnu Haitham (Alhazen) was the first ophthalmologist & optometrist of the world? Now its your turn to shine as this subject is our heritage.
Nature of Work of Doctor of Optometry (OD)
1-Doctor of Optometry provides vision therapy and weak eyesight rehabilitation.
2-They prescribe spectacles lenses and contact lenses to the patients of low vision.
3-They suggest different tests for the diagnosis of eye diseases and after analyzing the test results they make road map for treatment.
4-They take care of patients before and after different kinds of eye surgeries like glaucoma, cataract, laser surgery retInal problems etc.
5-Those who want to join academia or research field go for specialization after OD.
6-They guide their patients about different options for them like surgical and non-surgical treatments as per the their needs, hobbies, professions and living style.
Career & Scope of Doctor of Optometry (OD)
You may easily get jobs in following fields.
2-Government Jobs in Hospitals
5-Jobs in Private Hospitals
8-Bio medical Industry
9-Private business of selling artificial eyes, spectacles lenses and contact lenses.
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