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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 127-136

Adequacy and relevance of Indian optometry curricula to practicing optometrists

1 International Association of Contact Lens Educators, Australia
2 Community Eye Care Foundation, Dr. Gogate's, Eye Clinic; Department of Ophthalmology, Padmashree D. Y. Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune; African Vision research Institute, Durban, Republic of South Africa
3 African Vision research Institute, Durban, Republic of South Africa
4 Nagar Chasmaghar and Patel Contact Lens Clinic, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2320-3897.190793

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Context: To ensure that future optometry graduates receive appropriate knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive primary eye care, it is important to evaluate the current optometry curricula. Aim: To evaluate the relevance of optometry curriculum in India by assessing the perceptions on the curriculum strengths and lacunae by practicing optometrists. Setting and Design: Questionnaire-based survey in India. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was used to elicit the opinions of purposively selected, 4-year trained optometrists, on the adequacy, and relevance of the optometric curriculum subjects offered in the optometric institutions. Statistical Analysis Used: Descriptive analysis was used to show reported frequencies of single responses to questions. The Cronbach's alpha test was used to measure consistency of responses to questions. Results: One hundred and three valid complete responses were received. Fifty eight (56%) participating optometrists were females. The most adequately covered optometry subjects as reported by the participating optometrists were contact lenses (n = 87, 85%), refraction (n = 86, 84%), ocular investigation (n = 75, 73%), and ocular disease (n = 75, 73%). Ocular diseases, low vision, and dispensing optics were, reportedly, covered sufficiently in theory, but the participants lacked adequate practical exposure. Basic optics had a maximum score regarding practical exposure, among support subjects while communication skills, computer skills, and community optometry were rated very low. Business aspect and legal aspect were inadequately taught. The optometry curricula in India are considered as being adequate and relevant, some subjects need more practical demonstrations and teaching of support subjects needs amendments.

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