Indian Optometry gets legislated!

24th of March 2021 was a historic date for Indian Optometry and other allied and healthcare professions.

After waiting for almost seven decades, the longest pending bill in the history of India was passed in the parliament by the government of India:

With the passage of the bill, the profession of Optometry has become legalized.
Optometry education and practice will be standardized and legislated by the government of India and the governments of Indian states.

The bill has recognized Optometry as a healthcare profession and accorded independent status to optometrists. Optometry education will be standardized to 4 years of basic graduation. Curriculum, infrastructure etc will all have a minimum standardization. Passage of the bill will go a long way in articulating a golden era for Indian Optometry and optometrists. Indian Optometry will join other countries in the world to work towards eradication of preventable blindness and also march forward towards advancements in optometric specialities.

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Links related to optometry education

ASCO – The Indian Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

ECOO – the European Council of Optometry and Optics

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.

Optometry at the University of South-Eastern Norway – an example of accredited education of optometry

WCO – The World Council of Optometry seeks to support optometry worldwide

EAOO - European Academy of Optometry and Optics

The Academy is a membership organisation that provides a much needed voice to help advance optometry and optics, develop the scientific knowledge base and support and promote lifelong learning for optometrists, opticians, vision scientists and all those involved in eye health care across Europe.

European Diploma

ECOO established the European Diploma in Optometry A Global Competency-Based Model of Scope of Practice in Optometry as a stimulus to the harmonization of European optometric education and clinical practice. The European Diploma is set at least at the Bachelor level in European Higher Education or equivalent and provides a qualification appropriate for Optometric practice at Category 3 of the World Council of Optometry’s four categories model. The countries of ECOO have adopted the Diploma as the “Gold Standard” for European Optometry.