Diploma in Ophthalmic Technology is a 3 years (2 years in case of 10+2 entry) long Diploma certificate program. This course is well known by the short name of DOT. In this article, you will be reading about DOT course details, eligibility criteria, admission process, syllabus and career prospects.
You must be wondering what Ophthalmic Technology course is all about. Ophthalmology is a discipline that focuses on eye care. Topics such as eye examination, vision defects, ocular diseases, corrective surgery, optics etc are covered in this discipline. The post of ‘Ophthalmologist (Eye Doctor, as laymen call it)’ is the highest available job profile in this field. Diploma in Ophthalmic Technology professionals are trained to assist and work under Ophthalmologists.
Diploma in Ophthalmic Technology course trains students in areas such as examining patients, basic treatment of vision problems, work on eye testing and other ophthalmic equipment, monitoring patients, prescribing and dispensing spectacles and contact lenses and optometry practices.
In short, DOT professionals are qualified to take care of technical aspects and primary vision care activities. They may work under Ophthalmologists and assist them in various ways. For example- record keeping, vision test/examination, dispensing optics, front office activities etc.
Let us check out important course details now-
Diploma in Ophthalmic Technology is a Diploma certificate program. The course duration is 3 years (for 10th passed students). In case of most institutes offering this course, the academic year is divided into semesters, with each semester lasting for a period of 6 months.
Many institutes have 10th pass as the minimum educational qualification required. For 10th passed students, the course duration is 3 years.
On the other hand, some institutes give preference to 10+2 Science stream (PCB subjects) passed students. For 10+2 entry, course duration is 2 years (in case of some institutes).
Most institutes do follow direct admission process. Interested candidates have to fill the application form. Deserving candidates will be allotted seats depending upon intake capacity of the institute and marks scored by them in board examination.
Some institutes also have their own private qualifying examination and/or interview.
To get a better idea about the course structure, let us check out some important subjects present in DOT program. Note: Not all the subjects present in this program have been mentioned.
- Basic Human Sciences
- Basic Physics of Light
- Communication Skills
- Computer Science
- Basic Pharmacology
- Basic Orthoptics
- Basic Ocular Sciences
- Optometry Practices
- Visual Optics
- Ocular Diseases and Conditions
- Dispensing Optics
- Optometry Instruments
- Contact Lenses
- Community Optometry
- Hospital Training
Most of the subjects mentioned above have both classroom lectures as well as practical lab sessions associated with them. Evaluation is done at the end of each semester, through written examination as well as practical test.
Career prospects and job opportunities
DOT professionals are capable of testing/examining patients, prescribing and dispensing spectacles and contact lenses, operate ophthalmic equipment/instruments and optometric practices.
Using the above set of skills, DOT professionals may find work at Eye care hospitals (where they may work under Eye Doctor), Optical shops, Nursing homes, Units manufacturing lenses and other optical aids, Units manufacturing optometry equipment and Testing labs.
Well known job profiles available in front of DOT professionals include- Ophthalmic Assistant, Ophthalmic Nurse, Optometry Assistant and Lab Assistant.
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