Masters Degrees in Optometry & Ophthalmology focus on the science of the human eye and the treatment of visual problems and ailments. Optometrists diagnose eye conditions (and prescribe routine treatments such as glasses and contact lenses). Ophthalmologists are qualified doctors who treat more complex visual problems in a clinical setting.
Postgraduate programs in these areas can form part of a longer training pathway, but most are designed to offer professional development to applicants with existing qualifications and experience.
Some academic MSc courses are available (alongside shorter Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas). You will also be able to choose from more specialised qualifications. These include ChM (Master of Surgery) degrees focussing on optical surgery or highly specialised M.Optom (Master of Optometry) programs.
Many of these postgraduate courses are designed for existing Optometrists and Ophthalmologists seeking to acquire more specialised training and expertise. As such a Masters in Optometry or a Masters in Ophthalmology usually has very specific professional applications.
The options for specialisation are very varied, however. You could become a paediatric specialist helping children born with visual problems, or focus on preserving vision and quality of life in older patients. A range of working scenarios are also available, from high-street opticians to dedicated ophthalmology clinics within major hospitals. Some optical specialists also work with commercial healthcare companies, helping to design effective visual aids and other treatments.
Approximately 50% of people with a Masters in Optometry & Ophthalmology are known to be in full-time employment six months after graduation. The remainder are involved in further study, part-time employment, voluntary activities or other pursuits.
Popular careers with a Masters in Optometry & Ophthalmology include:
Popular specialisms for Masters Degrees in Optometry & Ophthalmology include: