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Did you know that your eyes are composed of more than 2 million working parts and are the most complex organs in your body apart from the brain?

Optometry is the medical application of the visual science discipline. Studying Optometry means learning to prevent, identify and treat visual impairments. Optometrists examine patients’ eyes in order to diagnose vision problems. Once problems have been diagnosed, they can then prescribe and provide treatment. A Bachelor in Optometry includes studying the anatomy and physiology of vision, diagnosing and treating eye disease, and learning how to prescribe and fit lenses to improve vision.

To apply for Optometry you must complete one year of a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biomedical Science, or a comparable course that includes subjects such as biology, chemistry, physics and biomedical sciences.

Not only will you learn the scientific processes of optometry but be taught skills in empathy, communication and problem-solving. These skills are extremely important when dealing with patients who are losing their sight, or when you need to tell someone that they can no longer participate in a normal routine, such as driving.

A Bachelor of Optometry balances theory with practice and students in fourth year are encouraged to take up an internship in a practice, or in a placement overseas. New Zealand has connections with a wide range of Optometry schools overseas, such as Canada, Hong Kong, India and the US. This degree therefore, could take you anywhere.