The Bachelor of Science program in Optometry at University of Buraimi aims to prepare clinically competent professionals who can communicate skillfully and knowledgeably with patients and other professionals, and to uphold high standards of professional integrity and behavior. Courses are carefully integrated to the curriculum to prepare graduates with valuable professional, transferable and life-long learning skills.
Year 1 of the program include General University Requirement Courses – Arabic Language, Oman History, English for Special Purposes, and Omani Society. Core courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Geometrical and Physical Optics, Algebra and Trigonometry, Optometric Mathematics, and Introduction to Optometry to prepare students for higher level courses
Year 2 offers Parts 1 & 2 of courses in Pure and Visual Optics, Human Body in Health and Disease, Ocular Anatomy and Physiology, Physiology of Vision and Perception, Optometric Mathematics
Year 3 includes Parts 1 & 2 of courses in Clinical Optometry and communication Skills, General and Ocular Pharmacology, Visual and Ocular Assessment, Assessment and Management of Binocular Vision, Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing, Clinical methodology and Statistics, Contact Lens Practice (Part 1) and 4 courses in Clinical Optometry
Year 4 offers Parts 1 & 2 of courses in Ocular and Systemic Diseases, General and Advanced Clinical Practice Courses, Contact Lens Practice (Part 2), Low vision and Aging, Clinical Case Studies, Professional, legal, and ethical studies courses. With a final graduate project, the program concludes.
The General and Advanced Clinical Practice courses are offered in External Eye Care Specialist Institutions abroad to ensure achievement of professional practice skills. The program includes components that promote research skills.
Graduates of the UoB’s Optometry program are prepared for working independently as primary eye care personnel in a variety of settings. They can work in alliance with Ophthalmologists and provide referral services for advanced eye care. On their own they are capable of carrying out routine eye examinations and optical treatment. Prescribe vision accessories such as contact lenses for refractive as wells as therapeutic conditions, and assistive vision enhancement devices such as magnifiers. They are trained to contribute effectively in investigation of various eye conditions contributing to diagnosis.
Graduates can establish business outlets either on their own or in collaboration with industry manufacturing eye care equipment and optical devices. They can effectively contribute in screening for vision problems, monitoring, and counseling those affected with vision anomalies.
As primary eye care professionals they are trained to be at the forefront of community, and school health programs. They are trained further to play an effective role in eye health and safety in the context of industrial, and environmental hazards. They can promote awareness to the community about preventing serious complications such as diabetic retinopathy, cataract, glaucoma, and senile macular degeneration etc. Due to their training to pursue research and lifelong learning they can contribute to innovations in dealing with eye care problems, and education.
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