Optometry, is a health care profession concerned with eyes and related structures, as well as vision, visual systems, and vision information processing in humans.
Practising optometrists have the opportunity to specialise in:
Contact Lenses/Cornea: Contact lenses and cornea specialists are specifically trained to diagnose and treat corneal diseases and eye trauma, as well as handle all aspects of contact lenses.
Dispensing Opticians:Dispensing opticians fit and adjust glasses for patients and, in some states, may also fit contact lenses.
Geriatric optometrists: concentrate their practice to elderly patients and are trained to handle the specific problems older persons may face.
Ocular Disease: Optometrists who specialize in ocular disease treat patients with various afflictions, such as acute anterior segment conditions, glaucoma, and retinal diseases.
Ophthalmologists: treat eye disease and injury through surgery and other methods. They also examine eyes and prescribe glasses and contacts.
Pediatric optometrists: concern themselves with the general eye care needs of infants and young children and specialize in eye problems that affect this population.
Sports optometrists: focus on treating the specific needs of athletes, which includes preventing injury, vision therapy, and ensuring overall eye health.
There are two pathways to optometry in Australia:
Undergraduate degree: 5 years Full Time
Postgraduate degree: 4 years Full Time
In order to apply you must have one of the two options:
School leaver: Completed secondary education with either OP/ENTER/ATAR/UAI/RANK/TER
Non standard: Completed at least one year of full time tertiary study
Graduate: Completed a tertiary degree
Certain universities have certain subject requirements. Make sure you have fulfilled this criteria or you may not be considered for a place.
University requirements when applying for Dentistry as a domestic applicant
Queensland University of Technology – Bachelor of Vision Science/ Master of Optometry
School leaver: OP2 / Rank 98
Non standard: GPA 6.0+
Prerequisites:English (4,SA); Maths B (4,SA); Chemistry (4,SA); Physics (4,SA)
Quota: 30-40~ places
New South Wales (UAC)
University of New South Wales – Bachelor of Optometry/ Bachelor of Science
Undergraduate:ATAR of 95 and UMAT
Non-Standard: One year of Science at UNSW, ATAR of 90 and UMAT
Prerequisites: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, English
Quota: 30-40~ places
University of Melbourne- Doctor of Optometry
Graduate: GPA and GAMSAT
Prerequisites:A first, second or third year subject in physics or optics; and a second or third year subject (or equivalent) in anatomy or cell biology; plus two additional subjects at second or third year level from one or more relevant biological science disciplines.
Quota: 64 places
South Australia (SATAC)
Flinders University – Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/ Master of Optometry
School leaver: Rank 90% & UMAT10% (Sec 1 and 2 are weighted heavily)
Non Standard: GPA 90% & UMAT 10% (Sec 1 and 2 are weighted heavily)
Prerequisites: None. However, knowledge of Stage 2 Chemistry and Physics is assumed. You must also complete the Undergraduate Medicine Admissions Test (UMAT).
Quota: 30-40~ places (An annual sub-quota of up to fifteen places in the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/Optometry will be for applicants from rural and remote areas who wish to practice in rural and remote regions across Australia.)