Optometrists play a crucial role in primary health care, examining the population’s eyes, diagnosing vision problems including minor eye infections and providing treatment. The Bachelor of Optometry programme draws on the physical and life sciences to provide an extensive education in vision science and clinical eye and vision care.

Areas of study

Optometry covers both vision science (the structure and function of the whole visual system) and clinical optometry, including the diagnosis and management of visual disorders.

You can study Optometry in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will gain an extensive knowledge of optics, anatomy and physiology of vision, ocular pharmacology, pathology and therapeutics, as well as immunology. The programme will also give you skills in communication, empathy and problem-solving, particularly when providing services to children, the elderly and the partially sighted. Your work in the management, and co-management with ophthalmologists, of eye diseases and infections will be rewarding.

Career opportunities

On completion of the Bachelor of Optometry, you may apply directly for registration as an optometrist in both New Zealand and Australia. There are opportunities in private practice, in hospitals, research, teaching and industry.

The degree is recognised in other countries too, so our graduates can practice there without completing conversion courses. 

More information

School of Optometry and Vision Science

Optometry and Vision Science Handbook

Welcome to the world of Optometry.