Optometrists are primary eye care practitioners who are involved in assessing the health and function of the eyes and visual system and the diagnosis and...Read more
Optometrists are primary eye care practitioners who are involved in assessing the health and function of the eyes and visual system and the diagnosis and management of a wide range of ocular conditions, Optometrists work in a variety of health care settings, with the great majority working in a private practice environment – which itself can be very diverse. On a given day, an Australian optometrist may perform a primary visual assessment, manage a newly identified eye disease, prescribe a prescription medicine, or prescribe, fit and dispense optical aids. At the same time, many optometrists are business owners and retailers.
Some optometrists use their qualification to engage in other employment opportunities, such as research, other para-medical practice and work within vision-related non-government organisations.
Following successful completion of the Deakin Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry, Deakin graduates are well prepared for employment in a diverse range of work settings including, but not limited to: hospitals, clinics, health services, state and local governments, non-government organisations, research institutes, tertiary education institutions, private practice, and corporate and community settings. Career and employment opportunities for qualified optometrists include private and public eye care, practice ownership, research and teaching, other ophthalmic practices, and recognised specialties within optometry such as low vision, paediatric vision, and behavioural optometry.
Clinical placements are an integral part of the program. You will undertake a variety of short-term industry placements and spend the final six mon...Read more
Clinical placements are an integral part of the program. You will undertake a variety of short-term industry placements and spend the final six months of the course as a ‘student resident’ in one of a range of clinical optometric and medical settings. These extensive rotations take place in both metropolitan and regional or rural settings, and will enable you to consolidate your knowledge and skills in supported environments under the supervision of qualified optometrists.
Positive - great job prospects. lots of clinical education and training. Deakin University's Optometry building is fully equipped with state of the art equipment and highly advanced technology. In this course we get a lot of placement experience and clinical training. Accelerated course, so completed in 3.5 years instead of 5...Read more
Positive - great job prospects. lots of clinical education and training. Deakin University's Optometry building is fully equipped with state of the art equipment and highly advanced technology. In this course we get a lot of placement experience and clinical training. Accelerated course, so completed in 3.5 years instead of 5.
Negative - intensive study load, very very high contact hours and no breaks. Do not expect to have a family or social life during your time studying. Sometimes expectations of students are ridiculous, more than a full-time study load. You cannot do this course without some sort of financial backing (i.e. parents who will support you financially throughout your entire uni experience) as expenses are high. Expected to be in Waurn Ponds one day and possibly the other side of the state the next. Required to purchase own equipment valued over 4k, and put on placements all across Australia and expected to arrange own accommodation - especially on short notice. Very little empathy and lack of understanding from administrative staff and teaching staff. No mental health support - highly intensive and stressful environment with very little regard for student wellbeing. Some staff members are incredibly dismissive and there is a tendency to be treated as if you are still in high-school rather than being a tertiary student.
My advice to future students is: If you want to do this course, you really need to be committed to the way that it is structured. Do not do this just for a 'job'. The study load is highly demanding and can change your outlook on university and tertiary education. If you are an independent learner, this course isn't for you. Highly reliant on group-work and face to face contact hours. You are known by first name across the board, so don't expect to fly under the radar unnoticed. If you have a tendency to slack off or not show up to classes you WILL be called out on it. If you are dedicated and determined to be an optometrist and nothing will stop you, then I will recommend it. If you are emotionally fragile, have a lot going on in life or wish to balance uni life with 'normal' life i.e. social life, part time / cash jobs, travelling then apply for Melb Uni's Doctorate of Optometry instead, you will thank me later.