Optometry is a field that trains you to care for others by diagnosing and managing ocular disease. It also offers you the work-life flexibility of private practice.

With an endemic spread of Myopia across the world, I wanted to learn about and practice the skill of a profession that dealt first hand with combating this disease.

Zara Danehsvar

Bachelor of Vision Science/Master in Optometry

Graduate sooner

Unlike any other optometry course in Australia, you can complete your Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry in just three-and-a-half years of full-time study. Other optometry courses in Australia take seven years.

Regional & remote entry scheme

This scheme aims to attract more regional and rural students into Optometry in order to achieve the mission of addressing workforce shortages in non-metropolitan areas.
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Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Medicare Service Providers.

Career opportunities

If you're after a work-life balance in the health field, optometry could be for you. Why? Work is very flexible if you go into private practice (around 75% of graduates do).

However you're also perfectly placed to explore other employment opportunities, such as:

  • Para-medical practice
  • Research
  • Work within vision-related non-government organisations.

Always wondered what an optometrist does?  On any given day, an Australian optometrist may perform primary visual assessments, treat advanced eye disease and dispense both prescription medicines and optical aids.

As such, optometrists share traits with general practitioners, ophthalmologists and pharmacists. At the same time, most optometrists are business owners and retailers, as approximately 80% of total revenues are generated through dispensing.

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