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What is Ophthalmic Science?

Written by Amar Chhantyal · 2 min read >

Ophthalmology is the study of medical conditions related to the eye. And the course that students need to take if they want to study is ophthalmic science. Unless students are outright told or looking in the medical field it’s not that hard for them to miss an ophthalmic science course. Here are some details about what makes ophthalmic science and its future prospects for students interested in medical fields but unsure which career to do.

Ophthalmic science course

Ophthalmic Science is an Ophthalmology program that extends about 3 years. The first year focuses on basic sciences and foundation subjects while 2 year focuses on medical sciences and the last year on the application of theory learned and skills developed within comprehensive practice settings.

First-yearSecond-yearThird-year
EnglishOcular Anatomy and PhysiologyHealth Management, basic health care and Health Education
NepaliOcular pharmacology and pathologyOcular Disorder II
Social StudiesSystemic diseases related to eyeCommunity Ophthalmology II
Anatomy & PhysiologyOcular DisordersLow vision and Optical Dispensing
PhysicsOptics, refraction, Orthoptics and Low visionClinical Practice (Hospital Based)* Vision, Refraction, Low Vision, Orthoptic, Ocular procedures and Investigations
ChemistryInvestigative OphthalmologyClinical Practice (Hospital Based)* Patient Examination and Diagnosis, Counseling, Ocular Anesthesia, Assist in Surgery, (Preoperative Postoperative Management) Sterilization
ZoologyOcular SurgeryClinical Practice (Diagnostic and Screening Camp, Surgical Camp, School Screening, District Eye Care Centre)
BotanyCommunity Ophthalmology
Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Application

After 3 years of study and graduating with a certificate in Ophthalmic Science. The graduates would be eligible for registration by the Nepal Health Professional Council, in the category mentioned in the “Act of the Council”. Then graduates shall be eligible for the position to work at different levels of Eye/Health Institutions as appointed by the “Public Services commission” or the concerned authorities.

College with Ophthalmic science course

  • Balaju School Of Engineering And Technology, Balaju, Kathmandu
  • Lahan Technical School/Sagarmatha Chaudhary Eye Hospital, Lahan, Siraha
  • Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh, College Of Ophthalmic Health Science, Banke
  • Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh, Lumbini Netra Bigyan Adhayan Sanstha, Bhairahawa, Rupandehi
  • Pokhara School Of Tourism And Hospitality Management, Phulbari, Kaski
  • Rapti Technical School, Dang
  • School Of Health Science, Bharatpur, Chitwan
  • Tilganga Eye Hospital, Kathmandu

The minimum academic requirement for this program is a 10+2 science stream study or an equivalent. The total cost for the study will come up to 8 lakh in four years. During the four years of study student would be able t conduct eye checkups and prescribe glasses, establish an eye treatment centre and create self-employment opportunities. After four years of the program, a Master’s Degree would be possible.

Job opportunities After Ophthalmic Science

One of the most common jobs to take after graduating from Ophthalmic science is an ophthalmologist. An ophthalmologist is a doctor who specializes in surgical and medical eye problems. They are demanded highly in both government and private sectors. Job opportunities in various areas like hospitals both private and governmental, clinics, health care centers, NGOs, etc.

Many hospitals, clinics, and medical offices employ ophthalmologists. Ophthalmologists can work in private offices as well, although ophthalmic technologists are employed by hospitals. The majority of opportunities for ophthalmic medical technicians to work in doctors’ offices. The ophthalmic specialist may have a particular field of expertise, such as low-vision optics, aiding during eye surgery, ophthalmic ultrasonography, or ophthalmic photography.

Conclusion

What to study after finding 10 is a big decision and for some it might even be life-changing. We hope that this article has provided you with enough knowledge of ophthalmic science to enable you to decide whether or not to pursue it. Along with this we also have articles about other common paths students choose after finishing 10+2 studies. We also have an article about the best university other courses like civil engineering, BMLT, etc.