Department of Optometry and Visual Sciences

Department of Optometry and Visual Sciences

Optometry is a healthcare profession concerned with eyes and related structures, as well as vision, visual systems, and vision information processing in humans. It is an autonomous, educated, and regulated (licensed/registered), which act as the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.

Like most health professions, optometry education, certification, and practice are regulated in most countries. Optometrists and optometry-related organizations interact with governmental agencies, other health care professionals, and the community to deliver eye and vision care. Most optometrists are in general practice, who handles the business aspects of running an office, such as developing a patient base, hiring employees, keeping paper and electronic records, and ordering equipment and supplies. Optometrists who operate franchise optical stores also may have some of these duties. Some specialize in work with the elderly, children, or partially sighted persons who need specialized visual devices. Others develop and implement ways to protect workers’ eyes from on-the-job strain or injury. Some specialize in contact lenses, sports vision, or vision therapy. A few teach optometry, perform research, or do consultation work.

Objective of Department

The department of Optometry and Visual Sciences offers undergraduate education which integrates scientific theory and practical aspect. Our aim is to produce primary healthcare professionals who safe and competent to solve wide range of problems seen in clinical optometry practice.

Contact information:

Assistant Professor Dr. Norsham Ahmad

Head of Department,

Department of Optometry and Visual Sciences

Telephone: +609-5716400 (ext. 5352)

Email: ansham@iium.edu.my