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Course approved by Director General of Health Services, Govt. of India Vide Letter No. T-12019/98/90 – Ophthal. Dated 15th September 1992
1. To prepare the students to assist the eye specialist in big eye hospitals, Eye health care units etc.
2. To enable student to prescribe eye ball exercises to squint eyed patients and those with muscular imbalances.
3. To enable students to estimate errors of refraction and be able to prescribe glasses under supervision.
4. To enable students to get themselves self-employed as opticians, optometrists and Refractionists.
5. To enable the student to maintain ophthalmic equipment.
Diploma in ophthalmic techniques is a full time course of three-year duration. The course commences on 1st November every year and is divided into four semester of six month each. The third year apprenticeship is devoted to clinical and practical work. There will be examination after the apprenticeship and assessment will be done. There are fully equipped out patient departments with a provision of routine & specialized, investigations associated with clinics in ophthalmic specialties in various centres. Fully equipped indoor wards with all facilities are available. An air-conditioned operation theater provided with modern and latest sophisticated instruments functions regularly with an EMERGENCY unit, well equipped with resuscitation equipments. The diploma holders will play a vital role in providing eye care patients and preventing blindness and vision threatening diseases.
The responsibilities of an ophthalmic assistant will include chiefly (under supervision)
01. Taking case history.
02. Testing visual acuity and errors of refraction. (Optometrists and Refractionists)
03. Applying dressing after surgery of injury.
04. Charting visual fields.
05. Instilling eye drops and medicines.
06. Measuring lens power grinding and fitting of glass.
07. Sterilizing, caring for instrument and trays.
08. Testing color vision.
09. Instructing patients about contact lens.
10. Testing ocular motility disorders including stereopsis and binocular vision.
11. Performing tonometry and tonography.
12. Making appointments, receiving patients and performing general secretarial functions.
13. Maintenance of ophthalmic equipment.
14. Conducting special investigations as required the ophthalmic surgeon.
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