In India more than 450 million people need vision correction. Uncorrected refractive error accounts for over 50% of unnecessary vision impairment. For India, the annual loss in productivity & economic burden due to avoidable vision impairment is over US$ 23 billion.
Optometrists deliver eye-care services not only from private practice but from hospital eye departments, community clinics, remote regions, as part of hospital services within large urban centers. Optometry has contributed substantially to reducing the burden of uncorrected refractive error and common eye disease.
Regulation of Optometry Overseas
In many developed countries, optometrists deliver over 70% of total eye-care and 90% of primary eye care.
Countries all over the world such as Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Philippines, Nigeria, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, UK, Canada, Mexico and the US all register Optometry as an independent profession. The Countries have established Optometry Councils or Boards of Registrations to regulate Schools of Optometry and Optometrists. The Countries mentioned have almost all endorsed the use of diagnostic drugs by qualified optometrists to assist with fundus examination of the eye and cycloplegic examination of children. The Optometry Councils in these Countries regulate Optometry, certify Schools and Colleges of Optometry and certify overseas applicants. The trend is for a National or even Regional Council structures such as the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand, rather than State bodies.
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Need for 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.
Assuring excellence in optometry education & equitable eyecare for India
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.
How would the public benefit from optometry council of India?
The public would benefit from:
- 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