Optometry is an independent healthcare profession that is regulated in Nigeria by the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria with Optometrists providing primary healthcare services to mankind in the field of vision science and eye care. There are many speciality areas for Optometrists willing to complete an optional residency program after graduation. These speciality areas include Ocular Health, Contact Lenses, Low Vision and Rehabilitative Optometry, Primary Care Optometry, Pediatric/Geriatric Optometry, Public Health Optometry and Orthoptics.
The Department of Optometry, Federal University of Technology, Owerri came into existence in 2002 as one of five departments in the School of Health Technology, created with a vision to use the latest technology to produce highly skilled Optometrists that will provide comprehensive eye and vision care services to the public in a bid to manage visual defects and prevent blindness.
DURATION OF STUDY
Optometry is a 6–Year programme leading to the award of the Doctor of Optometry, OD, degree.
The objectives of this programme include:-
♦ To produce Doctors of Optometry with sound knowledge of the profession, its ethics and codes of conduct.
♦ To produce Optometrists who will provide the much-needed manpower in the eye care profession.
♦ To produce Optometrists that will meet internationally recognized standards and undertake training towards post-graduate specialization.
♦ To train and cultivate in them the ability to teach, conduct research and make advances in the profession for the benefit of mankind.
Career opportunities are available in Private Practice, Public Service, Armed Forces and Police, International Organizations/NGOs, Research and Educational Institutions.