School of Optometry

Joseph Eye Hospital School Optometry


Optometry is emerging as one of the leading eye health services in India with enormous career opportunities. As India needs minimum of 15,000 optometrists, there are only 8 schools in optometry bringing out a meager 150 graduates a year.

The school's primary aim is to achieve the highest quality vision training in order to facilitate the early detection and diagnosis of eye diseases and to identify their successful treatment.

JEH’s School of Optometry runs a stimulating, flexible optometry degree course which arms students with the necessary scientific and clinical knowledge to undertake the refraction course allowing them to become fully qualified practicing optometrists.

Techniques available within the school include psychophysics, retinography, molecular biology, and retinal imaging. As a result, the school is able to take a truly multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to our

Who is an Optometrist?

Optometrists are well qualified and adequately trained to prescribe glasses, and treat external eye diseases. They are trained in contact lens fitting and so also manage optical workshop including grinding, surfacing and fitting. They can be delegated with almost 60% of ophthalmologist’s functions, thus relieving the surgeons to concentrate on management of eye diseases and perform more surgeries. They can significantly contribute to the understanding of incidence and prevalence of eye diseases, eye health planning, service delivery and outcomes of intervention.

Avenues for career development

This B.Opt Course is so designed that personnel can independently function after graduation as Optometrist in Hospitals and Optical Shops where they are well sought out or they can be independently involved in private practice which is lucrative. Optometrists have great carrier Opportunity not only in India but also in Far East and Middle East countries

In education M.Phil and doctoral level study programs are presently available who set their career aspiration in Optometry.

  1. Practice independently
  2. Assists ophthalmologists in hospitals/clinics
  3. Practice in optical establishments/optical shops
  4. Academic institutions including teaching and research
  5. Offer clinical services to multinationals dealing with manufacturing and distribution of ophthalmic lenses, contact lenses and ophthalmic instruments

Optical lens industries, contact lenses, and allied products like Bausch & Lamb, Johnson and Johnson, etc., employ optometrists as lens care consultants in professional services.

Staff and Students

The school has 15 academic and clinical staff. The study program admits 20 candidates a year. This being a residential program, separate boarding and lodging facilities are made available.


The insitutute maintains 100 % placement record with our students being the most wanted in the optical and eye care industry. A number of students have received placements in the middle-east and in leading optical shop chains in India.


Head of Paramedical Sciences
Institute of Ophthalmology -Joseph Eye Hospital
Melapudur, Tiruchirapalli - 620001. Tamilnadu, S.India.
Tel: (0431) 2460622, 2462862
Fax: (0431) 2415922