DT224 Programme Description Optometry requires detailed understanding of the functions of vision and of the human eye. This programme aims to provide an education in the sciences associated with vision and their clinical application in the assessment of visual functions. Topics in the programme range from the sciences of optics, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology to specialist optometric subjects including techniques in optometric examination, contact lenses, binocular vision and the detection of eye diseases. Clinical training is provided in the DIT Optometry Clinic. Optometry calls for a high degree of accuracy, attention to detail and manual dexterity. Optometrists should have a high level of interest in scientifi c work, the ability to work with people and win confi dence. Students may be required to undergo Garda vetting before being allowed to register. Career Opportunities Graduates are eligible to take the examinations set by the Association of Optometrists, Ireland. A pass in these oral and practical examinations, or equivalent examinations, is necessary in order to register with the Opticians‚Äô Board for optometric practice in Ireland. Those registered with the Board are also eligible to register with the General Optical Council and to practice in the UK. Most newly qualifi ed optometrists enter private practice either as individuals or employees of larger practices. They may specialise in contact lenses, environmental vision or the care of the partially sighted. A small number undertake research for a higher degree.