Optometry is the clinical application of visual science. It is the study of the basic physical and life sciences as they relate to the visual system, and the study of visual mechanisms, including colour and form perception, focussing properties and eye coordination. The role of the optometrist is to examine the eyes and the visual system, diagnose visual problems, advise of the prevention of eye problems, and prescribe and provide spectacles and contact lenses.
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|Optometry - quick facts|
|Available as a subject for||
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (administered by FMHS)
|Undergraduate study options in Optometry||Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom) (administered by FMHS)|
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Structure and prerequisites
Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Optometry
The prerequisite is a BOptom, or an equivalent qualification approved by the Head of Department.
- 120 points from OPTOM 711-787
- At least 90 points from OPTOM 711-787
- Up to 30 further points, subject to approval by the Head of Department, from approved 600 or 700 level courses in a related subject
Master of Science (MSc) - Optometry
The prerequisite is a BOptom(Hons) or a PGDipSci in Optometry.
Requirements: Research Masters
- 120 points: OPTOM 796 MSc Thesis in Optometry
Prerequisites : BOptom and a current registration as an optometrist and an annual practising certificate
Help and advice
For further information, refer to the Optometry and Vision Science Handbook.
Alternatively, staff at the Department of Optometry and Vision Science, located on Level 3 of Building 503 (85 Park Road, Grafton Road), can help you with general enquiries and refer you on to the relevant academic advisors. Their opening hours are 8.30am - 5pm.
When you have completed your undergraduate BOptom programme you may apply for registration as an optometrist with the NZ Opticians Board or State Board of Australia. There are opportunities in private practice, in hospitals, research, teaching and industry.
New Zealand postgraduate qualifications (including Masters or PhD qualifications) in Optometry or in Vision Science are not accepted for registration as an Optometrist in New Zealand.
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