Optometry

College of Optometry & PBMA’s H V Desai Eye Hospital (COHVDEH), is a pioneer institute in Western India, since 2000. It is a non-profit, non-government organization registered under the Society Registration Act 1960. From the vision and venture of some dynamic and optimistic visionaries and enthusiasts, since 2005, College of Optometry has developed itself into a confident optometry institution- making it one of the torch bearers of optometry of its kind in India, dedicated to promoting the science of optometry. The college is a forum of educationists, professionals and benefactors, in Western India, working for the development of optometric education and research for the advancement of professional practice in vision care. COHVDEH was founded in the year 2005, with the aim of providing higher education in optometry, the first of its kind in Western India. The campus is located Near Corianthan Club Hadapsar, Pune in the vicinity of peaceful environment free from the noise of the city. It is a multistoried campus with excellent infrastructure. The institute has a high teacher- student ratio & promotes learning with equality and passion.

COHVDEH started its journey in 2005, as a university affiliated college in Maharashtra, exclusively for graduate program in Optometry. COHVDEH, has grown into an institution, with high tech infrastructure with its own clinical set-up.

Library Services+

COHVDEH, has an excellent library facility for the students & teachers, which includes a vast collection of Indian & Foreign textbooks, reference books, journals etc. This varied collection of books, cater to the intellectual curiosity of the students & suffice their academic appetite.

The college also subscribes to the latest peer-reviewed journals, periodicals, newsletters and magazines with a continued vision to promote updated learning and research.

College of Optometry & H V Desai Eye Hospital is a Unique and Dedicated Institution for learning and making Optometry a career. It is the first & the most trusted Optometry Institute in Western India. Ours is the only Optometry Institute where, there is both commitment and focus, to provide the best possible education and clinical experience, in the making of most competent and responsible optometrists. The optometrists being the torch bearers of the community, are a source of inspiration to umpteen number of aspiring students seeking a career in this field

IACLE Resource Centre +
  • IACLE Contact Lens Resource consisting of IACLE Modules both text book & CD format, Case Reports, Image library etc.
  • ICEE/BHVI Resource including 9 modules related to basic anatomy physiology, refractive errors, accommodation, presbyopia, subjective refraction, binocular vision, PAL fitting techniques, troubleshooting, PAL case studies, Virtual Refractor CD, Models of eye, Spectacles Plano & PALs.

Laboratories:

TThese are equipped with modern & latest instruments to provide excellent practical training to the students. It includes:

  • Optics Lab
  • Bliomedical labs (General Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology & Pathology)
  • Optometric lab (Instrumentation lab, Clinical refraction lab, Dispensing lab, and Orthoptics lab)
  • Computer lab

e- Learning Centre:

IACLE Contact Lens Resource consisting of presentation, modules, case reports, image library etc. Students attend the online WebEx lectures conducted by IACLE & IVI.

About Optometry +

The World Council of Optometry (WCO) defines Optometry as a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated, and regulated (licensed or registered), and optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.

An optometrist is an independent primary health care provider who examines, diagnoses, treats and manages diseases and disorders of the visual system, of the eye and associated structures. The services rendered by optometrists are: prescribing glasses and contact lenses, and the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases.

Importance of Optometry+

The optometrist’s role goes beyond the correction of refractive errors such as long and short-sightedness using spectacles and contact lenses. It also includes detection and monitoring and treatment of eye disease, management of paediatric and age-related eye disorders, binocular vision problems, care of patients with low vision, offering advice on colour vision and assessing the role of vision at work and in sport.

The Global Role of Optometry:
The profession of optometry is a mixture of legal, educational, practice management, service delivery and public health initiatives that is unique to every country and based on culture, educational and regulatory frameworks. The aim of WCO is to promote the establishment of a common global standard of optometric care for the public benefit. Whilst optometry is more than just the correction of refractive error which is its core business. Uncorrected refractive error is the second highest cause of blindness and the main cause of visual impairment globally.

Role of Optometrists in India:
India needs approximately 115,000 optometrists to meet the demand of institutionally qualified & clinically trained eye care professionals to reach the goal of eradicating preventable blindness by the year 2020. Besides, the advent of new technology in eye care, growth of super specialty hospitals and optical industry, it showcases the fact that demand and opportunities for optometrists is quite large.

Career and Scopes+

Why Study Optometry?

    • Considering the burgeoning need of Optometrists in the country, the study of Optometry is essential.
    • With the advent of new technologies in eye care, growth of super specialty hospitals & optical industry, optometry is a lucrative career option.
    • To get a responsible position, in the community, as a health (eye) care professional & experience great satisfaction, in helping their patients overcome vision problems, the opportunity to be self-employed, either as a partner or a sole practitioner.
    • Substantial and stable monetary remuneration.

Scopes in Optometry:

      • Primary eye care
      • Hospital Practice
      • Teaching, as an educator
      • Research and Development
      • Optical Industry

Career Opportunities:

In addition to developing competencies in general practice, optometrists have the opportunity to specialize in areas of practice and gain higher qualifications. These include:

    • Paediatric
    • Geriatrics
    • Contact Lenses
    • Public Health Low Vision
    • Binocular Vision (Orthoptics) and Vision Therapy
    • Sports Vision
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Environmental and Occupational Vision
    • Ocular Disease
    • Glaucoma
    • Diabetes
    • Teaching and Research

This is all part of the lifelong learning process, which is essential in order to retain professional competency, a statutory requirement in most countries regulating optometry and may be called continuing education.

Graduation in Optometry is the start of lifelong learning, not the end.

Academics+

COHVDEH, offer students outstanding, optometric education and clinical experience in one of the most vibrant cities in the country. The College houses one of the first optometry run clinical center for excellence. We are committed to, providing academic excellence, improving patients’ lives, enhancing public health through education, improving optometric education and advancing the field of vision science.

The Bachelor of Optometry Programme is:

  • Full-Time 4 Year Undergraduate Degree of Optometry
  • University Grants Commission, New Delhi (UGC) Approved Course
  • 3 Year of College Education + 1 Year of Hospital Internship and Training

Affiliations:
Maharashtra University of health Science, Nashik.

Registered Resource Centre:
International Association for Contact Lens Educators (IACLE), Australia.

Course Structure+

Bachelor in Optometry, is a full-time professionally, accredited program, affiliated to the Maharashtra University of Health Science, Nashik. The Optometry College, is a registered body, under the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and the course structure is standardize, as per the latest guidelines. For further reference, please refer to the detailed course catalog.

Year One:

Geometrical optics, general physiology, general anatomy, general and ocular biochemistry, physical optics, ocular physiology, ocular anatomy, environment and ecology, computer fundamentals and programming.

Year Two:

Visual optics, lighting and the eye, microbiology & pathology, pharmacology (general & ocular), ophthalmic & optical instrumentation and procedures, clinical refraction, anterior segment diseases, dispensing optics.

Year Three:

Binocular vision & ocular motility, clinical refraction, contact lens, posterior segment diseases & neuro-eye diseases, low visual aids & visual rehabilitation, systemic conditions & the eye, public health, community optometry, biostatistics, professional practice, applied optometry & Orthoptics.

Year Four:

The fourth final year is set aside for internship. Students familiarize themselves with the various departments of our hospital, workup procedures, and community outreach program as part of the curriculum.

Placements:

Since its inception, COHVDEH has a 100% placement record for its graduates. Our students are employed by both national and international employers.

The Placement of COHVDEH, provide the students with information regarding the different job aspects of the profession from the 1st year so that, the students prepare themselves in the right direction, towards their desired professional zone. Every year the institute conducts, Campus Interviews for the 3rd year & Final year students & invites optical industries & super speciality eye hospitals to open the door of employment for the students. Till date there are 11 batches & about 180 students, who have graduated from our institute & we feel proud that all the graduates are successfully working in their respective field.

MMost of our Optometrists opt for higher studies such as research. Many of them, work abroad mostly in the Middle East countries, such as Bahrain, Dubai etc. About 70% of our students are being recruited in Optical Industry which includes, GKB Opticals, Lawrence & Mayo, Titan Eye Plus, Essilor etc. Every year we aim to offer the best & most satisfactory job & placement opportunities to our Optometrists, who have recently graduated in Optometry.

Eligibility Criteria+

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The candidate who has passed Higher Secondary (10+2) with 50% marks with physics, chemistry, biology group, for open category and 40% HSC (10+2 course). If sufficient number of eligible candidate are not available then eligibility of HSC (PCB) criteria may be relaxed, subject to the approval from MUHS, Nashik.
  • The candidate has attained the age 17 years as on 31st December of the year of the admission.
  • The candidate has to furnish a certificate of Physical Fitness form registered Medical Practitioner at the time of admission.
  • The preference will be given to candidates who have passed 10th & 12th std. from Maharashtra and also is also a domicile of Maharashtra. If such a candidate is not available, the non- domicile of Maharashtra candidates, will be given consideration and admitted for the course, as mentioned in selection process.
  • 15% of seats intake capacity will be reserved for constitutional reserve candidates
  • 25% of seats of intake capacity will be reserved for constitutional reserve candidates.
  • The Hostel accommodation will not be provided to the admitted students.
  • Rules of Tie breaker HSC (10+2) candidates.
    • Candidate with Higher PCB marks will be preferred.
    • The candidate with higher marks in Biology at HSC will be preferred.
    • If tie persist then candidate with higher marks in Chemistry at HSC will be preferred.
    • If tie persist the older candidate will be preferred.
Fees structure+
Course  Fees Details First Year Second Year Third year
B. Optometry Tuition Fees 80,000/- 80,000/- 80,000/-
Diploma In Optometry Tuition Fees 30,000/- 30,000/-
Rules and Regulations+

All students admitted to the institute will be governed by the rules and regulations that are prescribed from time to time.

College Timings:
The working hours of college are from 8.30 AM to 4.30:00 PM. However, during the final year as the students are posted for internship in different speciality clinics and outpatient procedures, the timing will depend on the host clinical schedule. Punctuality and attendance will be considered for evaluations.

Identity card:
Each student will be given an identity card, which the students are supposed to wear at all times, while in the campus. Students will not be allowed to enter the college and clinic without their identity card.

Instruments:
All the students should, compulsorily, possess a retinoscope and an ophthalmoscope, before the first semester of the second year begins.

Dress code:
The college has its own dress code which is a must for all students. Whenever they attend the college and clinic. Since the students, are expected to work , in a professional clinical setting, formal dress code is mandatory.

Applying for leave:
Students are advised to give prior information to the college authorities about their leave/ permission, failing which strict disciplinary action will be taken against them. Medical certificate should to be given, acquired from a Registered Medical Practitioner, in the case where leave is taken for more than two days duration.

Observer ship/ OPD:
The third and final year students are given a chance to observe and perform community vision screening/eye care awareness creation activities through various scheduled programs.

Holidays:
Allotted holidays will be specified in the institution’s calendar. The Principal/Director holds the final authority to declare holiday on any other circumstances. The students are requested to contact the office for further information.

Anti-Ragging and Conduct:
The institute has formulated a strict anti-ragging guideline, wherein all students, who have taken admission in the Institute, are required to sign an undertaking to abide by these guidelines. Students, found violating these guidelines are liable to strict disciplinary action, which includes expulsion from the institute and a criminal case will subsequently be lodged against the student, at the police station, as per the directive from the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.

Attendance, Conduct and Behaviour towards Peers:
The students will not be allowed to appear for the examination unless he/she has attended 80% of the lectures, demonstrations & practicals. The Management has the jurisdiction, to change or modify the rules and regulations, as and when deemed necessary, in order to maintain steadfast excellence in the course.

The management, reserves the right, to take strict disciplinary action, against the students for their misconduct and subordination.

Contact us:
We can be reached from Monday to Saturday in the administrative working hours between 8.30 am to 4.30pm.

Our Address:
College of Optometry,
H. V. Desai Eye Hospital,
Tarawade Wasti, Mohammadwadi, Hadapsar, Pune 411060.
T: 020-26974000, 020-26974108
Email: optometry@hvdeh.org
Website: www.hvdeh.org