Optical Science is the study of measuring and assessing vision, and prescribing, preparing and dispensing corrective lenses.
The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the physiology of the eye, the operation of vision testing apparatus, and prescribing, preparing and dispensing visual aids. It also involves developing an ability to assess and evaluate clinical observations to arrive at diagnoses and determine the appropriate courses of action.
Courses in Optical Science develop skills in:
- advising patients on eye exercises, lighting and visual habits
- operating vision testing apparatus
- performing examinations and visual tests to assess the nature and extent of vision problems and abnormalities
- prescribing, preparing and dispensing visual aids
This narrow field comprises the following detailed fields:
- Optical Technology
- Optical Science, n.e.c.
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Check out the courses available in this field at various Australian universities and alternative study pathway options. If you'd like to speak with someone, discuss with your Career Advisor at school, or contact the Indigenous Education Unit at any of the Australian Universities, and they’ll be able to offer advice on available local information and student support services.