Eye Sight is one of our most precious gifts, and the Optometrist is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of this gift. Optometrists, through academic and clinical training, are able to provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.

For the past four (4) years, the MMUST Department of Optometry and Vision Science has successfully and actively run the Optometry programme, which is anticipating to graduate or produce over 100 well trained Optometrists by 2017. Graduates of Optometry programme will acquire the necessary skills required to function effectively in delivering specialized eye care services focused to promoting global effort to eliminate avoidable blindness.

With increasing prevalence of avoidable blindness in Kenya and the entire eastern African region due to paucity in human resources for specialized Optometric care, by the end of the four (4) year programme, graduates of Optometry would have acquired knowledge and skills to effectively provide eye care services to areas around the country that would never have known quality eye care services.

Main objective (Aim):

To train Optometrists who will acquire profound knowledge, expertise and ethical orientation to practice the profession of Optometry in any part of the world. This is with the view to developing manpower for eye health who will play active role in the eye health team in the elimination of avoidable blindness globally and in particular, Kenya.

Specific objectives.

By the end of the programme, the student will have acquired the necessary skills, and able to apply comprehensive knowledge of anatomical and physiological concepts of the eye to effectively participate in eye care in the following areas:

1. Demonstrate skills in optical procedures.

2. Diagnose and correct refractive errors.

3. Fabricate, fit and dispense appropriate optical devices.

4. Participate within the multidisciplinary care team effectively.

5. Apply psychosocial, ethical considerations and community orientation in optical services. Assess, diagnose, manage or refer conditions that require the services of ophthalmologists and other medical specialists. 

6. Demonstrate appropriate managerial skills.

7. Take responsibility for own learning and continuing professional development.

Chair of Department

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Dr. Vincent Okenwa

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