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MSci Optometry / Careers
Year of entry: 2019
Optometrists work in high street practice or hospital eye clinics, where they prescribe and dispense spectacles, contact lenses, and low vision aids, treat problems with binocular vision, and increasingly work alongside ophthalmologists to monitor the treatment of ocular disease.
Optometrists are now also involved in the primary care of patients with diseases such as diabetes and glaucoma. This has given rise to more emphasis on the study and management of these conditions.
Qualified optometrists can also undertake postgraduate study to act as independent prescribers with the authority to treat a range of eye conditions.
Most BSc Optometry students go straight on to do their pre-registration year and take the Scheme for Registration examinations, which, when successfully completed, allow entry to the General Optical Council register. If you complete the MSci at Manchester, the pre-registration year is included in your degree.
After registration with the General Optical Council, a career is open to you in practice, either privately or within the National Health Service.
Alternatively, it is possible to work in the hospital eye service team alongside an ophthalmologist. Of our recent graduates, 95% are working in private practice and 5% in the NHS.
Read our Optometry graduate profiles to find out more.
Optometry degrees are approved by the General Optical Council. The MSci Optometry incorporates the College of Optometrists' pre-registration year and the Professional Qualifying Examination.