Education

Philippine optometry education has evolved to be at par with the optometry practice of first world nations as a result of the advancements implemented by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Professional Regulation Commission.
In the CHED MO no.15 series of 2018, the optometry curriculum includes ocular medical sciences:
1. Ocular anatomy and physiology
2. Neuro-biology of the visual system
3. Ocular disease
4. Ocular pharmacology
5. Optometry medicine

6. Primary eye and vision care
7. Theoretical, physiological, ophthalmic, and applied optics
8. Nutrition in eyecare
9. Clinical refraction
10. Binocular vision and perception
11. Optometry Research
The CHED curriculum includes specialty fields in:
1. Sports vision
2. Pediatric optometry
3. Geriatric optometry
4. Low vision
5. Public health and community optometry
6. Contact lens

An optometry graduate must be able to prove adequate knowledge and competencies by passing the licensure exam of the Professional Regulation Commission. The board exam spans three (3) days of written examination and one (1) day of practical examination. It covers the following subjects:
1. Ocular Pharmacology
2. Ocular and Visual Biology
3. Primary Care and Refraction
4. Practical, Theoretical, and Ophthalmic Dispensing, including Contact Lenses
5. Ocular Diseases and Ocular Emergencies
6. Physiological Optics, Binocular Vision, and Perception
7. Jurisprudence, Ethics and Practice Management

8. Clinical Optometry and Specialty Areas in Optometry

 

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