Role of Optometrists in India

In India, optometrists play a vital role in ensuring visual comfort of millions of people who need eye care. Optometrists work every day to save many schoolchildren from visual impairment or dropping out of school by timely prescription of glasses, help the elderly regain vision with glasses or timely referral for surgery, and also in multiple rural and urban areas by identifying potentially dangerous conditions that threaten eyesight or require surgery.

This service is not just in rural areas where medical care is inaccessible but also in urban areas where optometrists are approached for advice as the primary eye care professionals! In the corporate sector too, optometrists are rendering specialized service in contact lenses, orthoptic management, low vision, ocular diagnostics and many other areas.

Why Optometry Council in India

Mindful of the need to certify and regulate the competence and standards of Optometrists and of Optometry Schools and Colleges; the Indian Optometry Federation (IOF) and the Association of Schools and Colleges of India (ASCO) have together established a private, peer regulating Optometry Council of India in September 2012.


Quality eye care
Cost effective eye care
Ensure delivery of quality education in optometry colleges
Provide adequate optometry work force
Develop skilled optometry work force

Facts on Eye Care in india

More than 450 million people in India need glasses today. India has only one ophthalmologist for every 2,00,000 people. Optometry has contributed substantially to reducing the burden of uncorrected refractive error and common eye disease in India.

Vision & Mission

VISION: Assuring excellence in optometry education & equitable eyecare for India.

MISSION: The Optometry Council of India (OCI) is a professional regulatory body with the responsibility of establishing & maintaining high standards of optometry education & recognition of optometry qualifications in India. It registers optometrists in order to maintain quality, and provide equitable & accountable eye care services for the people of India.

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