The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences educates future optometrists, performs internationally recognised vision science research, and contributes widely to the advancement of optometry as an essential health care discipline.
Optometrists are independent, primary health care professionals trained to examine the eyes and visual system. Optometrists diagnose, treat and manage diseases and injuries of the eye and associated structures. Optometrists are experts in the management of visual disorders, and in the correction of reduced vision. Numerous systemic conditions affect vision or the ocular structures, so optometrists play an important role in identifying problems associated with general health disorders. Optometrists prescribe spectacles and contact lenses, medications for ocular conditions, vision therapy, and low vision rehabilitation.
Optometrists are registered health professionals. In order to practice optometry in Australia, a university degree in optometry must be held and optometrists must be registered through AHPRA.