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The Sankara Nethralaya Academy
The Sankara Nethralaya Academy
B. Sc (Ophthalmic Dispensing & Vision Science)

The main objective of the course is to:

  • To educate and train the student in every field of dispensing
  • To train them in field of marketing and customer care service
  • To train them in the field of reading a prescription, making and able to overcome the problem with the prescription

The course B.Sc Dispensing optics and ophthalmic dispensing will deal about the art of making and dispensing the ophthalmic lens and prisms. The students will be trained on making the lens, troubleshooting the problems with lenses and prisms, marketing and dispensing to the patient.

Eligibility Completed 12th Std from a recognized board with Mathematics and science subjects.
Course Duration 3 years of studies and 1 year of training
Course Fee Rs 50,000/- per year
Affiliation Affiliated to Periyar University
Commencing August of every year
Number of Enrollment 30 students per year

COURSE DETAILS: In this course conducted by The Sankara Nethralaya Academy, the students will be exposed on various fields of dispensing both theory and practice aspects. The course comprises subjects like Basic ocular anatomy and physiology, Basic optics. They will be trained primarily on theory and practical part of Refraction and dispensing (i.e.) finding the patient's refractive error, prescription writing, finding the power of existing glasses, surfacing and fitting the lens in frames, surfacing and fitting of prisms. The students will also learn marketing aspects of dispensing, customer handing, frame selection, spectacle measurements, troubleshooting problems with prescriptions and glasses made. They will also have hands on dispensing low vision device for partially sighted people, and the trained persons will also act as a style consultant in helping people choosing appropriate tints, frames, lens materials and designs.

FOCUS: This is regular full time degree course where students will be completely taught about art of refraction and dispensing. The students will have the opportunities to interact with customers and patients in the optical outlet. They also have exclusive lab which is been set up by ESSILOR, where they can get trained in the process of lens making. The ultimate aim of the course will be to inculcate expertise the students in work comprising the field.

Highlights of the course
  • This course can be pursued as B.Sc in Ophthalmic Dispensing (B.Sc OD) affiliated to Periyar University without FBDO program also. Selection for the FBDO program depends on the student's 10+2 marks and personal interview performance
  • Optical industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the present scenario.
  • When students have opportunities to get specialized in this particular field they will have increased opportunities to work in leading optical outlets, branded lens companies , work in hospital based optical outlets and will be qualified to run a optical shop.
  • It will be similar to a dual degree program where the student can pursue his / her graduation and simulateously qualify for the prestigious FBDO diploma offered by Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO)
Course curriculum:

YEAR - 1
Basic Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
Physical and Geometrical optics
Basic Mathematics
Basics of Computer Applications
Communication skills

YEAR – 2
Ophthalmic Lenses
Ophthalmic Dispensing
Ophthalmic and Dispensing Instrumentation
Clinical Refraction
Basics of Ocular Diseases and Pathology

YEAR – 3
Basics of Contact lens and Low vision
Optical Retail Management
Binocular vision Basics
Ophthalmic Dispensing III

INTERNSHIP – In Optical Outlets, Retail chains and Industry
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Contact details

Dr. Anuja R Singh
HOD – Optometry Programs
The Sankara Nethralaya Academy
Chennai- 600 095
Mob : 91769 44244
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