Career and Scopes


India needs about 115,000 optometrists to meet the huge demand of institutionally qualified optometrists to reach the goal of Prevention of Blindness by the year 2020.

  • With the advent of new technologies in eye care, growth of super specialty hospitals & optical industry, optometry is a lucrative career option.
  • To get a responsible position in the community as a health (eye) care professional & experience great satisfaction in helping their patients overcome vision problems the opportunity to be self-employed, either as a partner or a sole practitioner
  • Substantial and stable monetary remuneration

Newly qualified optometrists should realise that their competencies are at an entry level standard and that their skills will increase with experience. They should understand the limits of their knowledge and not hesitate to seek advice from or refer patients to colleagues or other professionals if they feel that they are not competent to deal with a specific problems.


  • Primary eye care
  • Hospital Practice
  • Teaching, as an educator
  • Research and Development
  • Optical Industry


In addition to developing competencies in general practice, optometrists have the opportunity to specialise in areas of practice and gain higher qualifications. These include:

  • Paediatrics 
  • Geriatrics
  • Contact Lenses
  • Public HealthLow Vision
  • Binocular Vision (Orthoptics) and Vision Therapy
  • Sports Vision
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Environmental and Occupational Vision
  • Ocular Disease
    • Glaucoma
    • Diabetes
  • Teaching and Research

This is all part of the lifelong learning process, which is essential in order to retain professional competency, a statutory requirement in most countries regulating optometry and may be called continuing education.

Graduation in Optometry is the start of lifelong learning, not the end.