Eyeing a career in optometry
oPTOMETRISTS are in high demand now in both the public and private sectors.
As the services of optometrists are equal in importance to medical doctors, the public view optometry as a prestigious career.
Optometry is derived from the Greek word “optos”, which means view and “metria” (measures) deals with the eyes and its related structure.
The field comprises four areas of study – vision science comprising medicine, microbiology, and neurology; optics such optical aids; optical instruments such as imaging techniques; and professional eye care.
It does not only concern the need to help people with physical vision problems but also other related aspects such as surgery, whether using the standard method or laser.
Other roles of optometrists include educating the public on the importance of eye care – an area often neglected compared with other health-related matters.
Students taking up optometry should have a strong foundation in science, mathematics and English as the course covers other areas such as medicine.
Students are required to meet the international standard set by the Malaysia Optical Council. To gain more experience, practitioners have to attend various courses and programmes on a continuous basis.
In tandem with the high demand and potential of optometry, the internationally recognised Management & Science University (MSU), the best teaching and learning university in Malaysia is offering a four-year bachelor degree programme at its Faculty of Health & Life Sciences (FHLS).
Global exposure through MSU’s International Students Exchange Programme (ISEP) unit will further strengthen graduates’ professional standing.
Through ISEP, students have the option of transferring their final year studies to foreign universities, which are partners of MSU.
There are over 40 universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, South Africa, India, Eastern Europe, Indonesia and New Zealand for selection.
This opportunity provides valuable international exposure to students.
Interested students with STPM, matriculation, or recognised diplomas are eligible to enrol for the programme.
Lessons in theory and practical sessions will help students apply the knowledge gained at university effectively. An added advantage is the complete infrastructure available at MSU, which provides a conducive study environment while the participation of industry players in the course allows students to experience real working life.
Apart from the optometry programme, FHLS currently offers diploma and bachelor programmes in a variety of fields.
These include Biomedical Science, Food Service Technology, Pharmacy, Bioinformatics, Nursing, Nutrition, Medical Laboratory Technology, Occupational Safety and Health, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Forensic Science and Diagnostic Imaging (Radiography).
For details, contact its Counseling & Communications Department at 03-5521 6868. Type MSUINFO<space>name <space>e-mail and SMS to 019-341 9152, 016-356 8251 or 012-2496551. Check out www.msu.edu.my
The role of the optometrist includes educating the public on the importance of eye care.