Keeping the future in sight with vision science

Optometry programme at MSU

Did you know that the eye is the only place in the human body where you can see blood vessels clearly without cutting into tissue?

Windows to health, eyes alert doctors with crucial clues to conditions such as arthritis and even to the presence of tumours. Clear vision may also be affected by diseases such as diabetes as well as by age. As populations grow old, the need for eye-care rises, and with it, professionals fluent in vision science. If caring for one of the most valuable organs of the body excites you, a career in vision science should be in your line of sight.

Vision science is an inter-disciplinary field of study including optometry and ophthalmology.

Optometry training helps detection, diagnosis, and management of ocular diseases and disorders. Its practice involves performing eye exams and vision tests, detecting eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for minor eye diseases. These are primary vision care that may be shared with an ophthalmologist upon discovery of more serious vision issues, as ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in treating major eye diseases. 

Students of optometry and vision science at MSU

Ophthalmic dispensing professionals, however, who are regularly referred to as dispensing opticians, specialize in fulfilling optical prescriptions. Many dispensing opticians nowadays are increasingly employed by group medical practices, indicating a new trend in the job setting.  

Management & Science University (MSU) offers a three-year Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing, with courses including ophthalmic lens, ophthalmic instrumentation, ocular physiology, ocular diseases, legal and professional aspects of optician practice, and vocational as well as specialty ophthalmic dispensing.

MSU’s four-year Bachelor in Optometry (Honours) programme will equip you with knowledge of eye anatomy and physiology, process of pathological disease, clinical interview and health-history-taking, investigative techniques in ophthalmic diagnosis, and clinical problem-solving in optometry, among others.

A period of internship prepares students for industry, whilst a focus on entrepreneurship develops entrepreneurial readiness. Industry immersion is provided as well as international exposure, which is facilitated with partner universities in over forty countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Ireland, New Zealand, India, and Indonesia. 

MSU Eye Centre

MSU’s QS-5-Stars-rated facilities aid effective knowledge application, and one of these is the MSU Eye Centre (MEC). Blindness prevention being one of the core research areas of Management and Science University (MSU) translates into MSU’s active engagement with community. Among MEC’s more specialized services are contact lens clinic for refractive correction and prosthetic contact lens, children’s clinic for infants right up to 12-year-olds, geriatric clinic, low-vision clinic, and advanced diagnostic clinic. 

MEC also runs joint competency enriching programmes  with the university’s Department of Optometry and Vision Science and MSU’s Optometry Students Club (OSC). For an opportunity at a career in human vision health, enquire about Management and Science Univerity (MSU) vision science programmes at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (FHLS).