On the right course
OPTOMETRISTS are in high demand by employers in both the public and private sectors.
As the services of optometrists are equally as important as medical doctors, the public views optometry as a prestigious career.
Optometry is derived from the Greek word “optos”, which means view, and “metria” (measures).
It deals with eyes and its related structures. Like other careers, those interested to practise optometry must possess proper educational qualification and recognised accreditation.
The field comprises four areas of study – vision science comprising medicine, microbiology, and neurology; optics such as optical aids; optical instruments such as imaging techniques and professional eye care.
It does not only concern helping people with physical vision problems, but also other related aspects, such as surgeries.
Other roles of an optometrist include educating the public on the importance of eye care – an area often neglected as compared to other health related matters.
Students taking up optometry should have strong foundation in science, mathematics and English as the course covers other areas such as medicine which will allow them to be awarded with the necessary certificates to practise.
Students are also 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 offered by optometry, the internationally recognised Management & Science University (MSU) is offering a four-year bachelor’s degree programme at its Faculty of Health & Life Sciences (FHLS).
Extensive international collaborations with partner universities across the globe through Global Mobility Programme (GMP) undertakings have significantly positioned MSU as an emerging institution within the region.
The programme provides international exposure through MSU’s partner universities in 40 countries such as the United States, Britain, Australia, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, India and Indonesia, among others.
Interested students with STPM, matriculation or recognised diploma qualifications can enrol in the programme.
Apart from optometry programme, FHLS currently offers diploma and bachelor degree programmes in a variety of fields, including Biomedical Science, Food Service Technology, Pharmacy, Bioinformatics, Nursing, Nutrition, Medical Laboratory Technology, Occupational Safety and Health, Forensic Science and Diagnostic Imaging (Radiography).
For details, call the Counseling & Communications Department at 03-5521 6868.
Alternatively, SMS by typing in MSUINFO<space>name <space>email to 019-341 9152 /016-356 8251/012-249 6551 or visit www.msu.edu.my