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The study of Optometry in Malaysia is the practice of examining and caring for patients’ vision.
Have you always been fascinated by how our eyes work, how they translate all those vivid colours that surrounds us with images after relaying information to our brains? Do you know the difference between an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist? Well, if you do, then you may want to consider a future in Optometry. Let us slowly open your eyes to this study in Malaysia and what is in store for those who enrol.
Optometry involves treating a patient’s vision by doing medical diagnosis o
Behavioural - Paediatrics, Neuro-optometry, Sport Vision
Biomedical Sciences for Optometry I & II
Geometrical & Physical Optics
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As an Optometrist, you don’t necessarily have to work in shops and sell glasses. Most Malaysian Optometrists are either self-employed or work for other Optometrists in private practice. Depending on your specialisation, you will find yourself working in hospitals, clinics, schools, elderly homes and so forth.
With so many degree options out there, here are some top reasons why you should study Optometry:
The medical field is not only for doctors. An Optometry graduate will be able to play a huge role in the medical and research field and indirectly change the lives of patients through correcting their vision.
Not only the elderly have eyesight problems. You’ll meet different kinds of people, from infants to adults and senior citizens. In fact, those born with vision problems or caused by an accident will need your expertise.
A good Optometrist will enjoy working with people of all ages and have a genuine desire to help their patients.
“It is the rule that acute diseases of the lungs, stomach, and other parts of the body tend to complete recovery, and the same fact is true of the eye.”
- William H. Bates
Minimum CGPA of 2.50
A relevant first or second class Honours degree, or a degree qualification, or equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the university
Degree in communications with minimum CGPA of 2.5 or third class honours or equivalent
A Master's Degree in a relevant field and shows evidence of adequate related research or work experiences to the satisfaction of the Senate
Important Note: If you opt to study a Diploma in Optometry and continue your degree at the same institution, you will most likely get a one-year exemption. This means that you can enter degree year 2 after diploma. If the institution does not offer a Diploma in Optometry, you can also opt for other pre-university programmes in the science stream such as Foundation, A-Levels or STPM.
It is not necessary for you to do your postgraduate but doing so would help you advance in your career and open up more job opportunities. You can opt to work straight after degree as well.
You’ll definitely need an eye for detail, in more ways than one! Optometrists will have to keep a look out for any issues that may plague the already small organ that is the eye.
You’re basically a doctor, but for the eyes. So you’ll need to treat your patients with equal measure and diagnose all of them properly to ensure they receive the proper treatment.
Every patient represents a new challenge. In a single day, you may see a patient requiring further investigation and referral for a medical condition, a patient having problems with their contact lenses, a young child requiring assessment of a a suspected lazy eye and a patient interested in refractive surgery.
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Below are a few of the top Optometry firms in Malaysia.
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