Optometry and Vision Science


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 program builds 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 diagnosis and management of visual disorders.


You can study Optometry and Vision Science in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will gain an extensive knowledge of optics, anatomy and physiology of the visual system, ocular pharmacology, pathology, and immunology, as well as therapeutics. 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 ophthalmology 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. The degree is recognised in other countries too with some allowing direct entry or requiring conversion courses. There are opportunities in private practice, in hospitals, research, teaching and industry.

The School of Optometry and Vision Science encourages students to pursue their studies to postgraduate levels and to follow their interests in the field by taking the opportunities provided for self-directed research - more information.

More information

Optometry and Vision Science Handbook

Postgraduate Study at the School of Optometry