Diploma in Optometry (N83)

Why OPT?

  • Accredited by the Singapore Optometrists & Opticians Board
  • Acquire in-demand professional skills in detecting, diagnosing and managing eye disorders
  • Get practical, hands-on clinical training from your first year
  • Gain exposure to different optometry practices or specialisation areas through a 16- or 25-week internship
  • Attend classes delivered by industry partners such as eye care product manufacturers
  • Land rewarding roles in optometry retail and private practices which offer attractive salaries

About OPT

As one of the five senses, sight is vital to practically everything we do. With an ageing population and an increased prevalence of myopia, you could play a part in improving the quality of eye care with our Diploma in Optometry (OPT). Upon graduation, you will be able to prescribe optical treatments as a registered optometrist. In addition, our broad-based curriculum enables you to explore opportunities in fields other than health services.

You will be trained by practising optometrists to diagnose visual problems, prescribe and dispense spectacles and contact lenses, as well as recommend eye treatments. Our curriculum covers broader topics such as data analytics, biostatistics & research methods, communication in practice, ethics and optometric retail management. These modules will equip you with the skills you need to manage patients effectively and provide quality eye care.

Numerous tech-enabled tools are used to enhance your OPT learning experience. For example, you can look forward to learning through immersive games, or use VR/AR technology to learn about anterior and posterior eye conditions, and better understand how patients with eye conditions view objects. 

By working alongside qualified optometrists to diagnose and manage patients at our Optometry Centre, you will gain valuable real-world knowledge. Opt for a 16-week placement in two different workplaces such as an ophthalmology clinic, eye care product company, and optical retail practice. Or gain exposure to various specialisation areas in optometry, such as myopia management, education and research through a 25-week Specialised Internship Programme in multinational companies like Johnson & Johnson, Vision Care and EssilorLuxottica. 

Learn from the experts through classes co-delivered by industry partners, and hone industry-relevant competencies through industry co-assessments. Industry-led training and workshops on the latest products and technologies by multinational vision care corporations such as Carl Zeiss Vision ensure that you will be kept up-to-date on the newest eye care offerings.

Further Studies

As an Optometry graduate, you will be able to pursue related degree programmes at universities such as:

Australia

  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of New South Wales

New Zealand

  • University of Auckland 

United Kingdom

  • Aston University
  • Cardiff University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of Manchester

You can also enrol in the Specialist Diploma in Community Optometry offered by NP to deepen your optometric skills and knowledge. Our graduates also have the option to pursue other healthcare degree courses or even degrees in other disciplines such as arts, social sciences, business administration, communications and new media.

Chen Bing Bing

Chen Bingqing
Optometry graduate, Class of 2018

Bingqing completed her Specialist Diploma in Community Optometry in 2021. She is currently pursuing her degree in Optometry at Cardiff University. 

Goh Kheng Yan

Goh Kheng Yan
Optometry graduate, Class of 2020

Kheng Yan is currently pursuing a degree in Orthoptics at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Glennys Beh

Glennys Beh 
Optometry graduate, Class of 2021

Glennys is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Science at NUS

Careers

As an Optometry graduate, you can land rewarding roles in optometry retail and private practices which draw attractive salaries. Alternatively, you could also work at ophthalmology clinics, eye care product companies, research centres and hospitals.

Entry Requirements

AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-C

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject'O' Level Grade
English Language1-7
Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)1-6
Science 
(with Physics, Chemistry or Biology component) or Biotechnology 
or Combined Science
or Food & Nutrition / Nutrition & Food Science
or Human & Social Biology 
or Engineering Science / Physical Science
1-6

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-C Aggregrate Type listed here (33 KB).

For students with other qualifications, please refer to the NP website for the entry requirements and admissions exercise period. 

Candidates with severe vision deficiency should not apply for the course.

What You Will Learn

General Anatomy & Physiology (5 Credit Units)

This module provides students with foundational knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the major human body systems. Students will learn the biochemistry processes in normal human physiology. The interrelationships of the body systems and how they maintain homeostasis are examined.

Geometrical & Physical Optics (5 Credit Units)

This module provides students with the knowledge of the behaviour of light and its interaction with matters. It also covers the optics of lenses, lens systems and aberrations, as well as photometry and laser.

Introduction to Data Analytics with Excel (2 Credit Units)

This module aims to provide students with a basic understanding of data analytics concepts and applications. Students will learn fundamental data analytics concepts, how to analyse data using Microsoft Excel and present information to provide insights for an informed decision making.

Ocular Anatomy & Physiology (5 Credit Units)

This module covers, in detail, the anatomy of the eye and its orbit. The anatomical relationships of the orbital contents including the extra-ocular muscles, orbital nerves, orbital blood vessels and ocular adnexa are described. Physiology and biochemistry of the principal constituents of the eye, including the cornea, crystalline lens, aqueous humour, vitreous humour, retina, ciliary apparatus and tear film are also covered.

English Language Express* (Credit Units - NA)

English Language Express aims to give you a better grounding in the English Language and to strengthen the written and oral communications skills that you will need in your academic and professional careers. You will be engaged in writing, reading, listening and speaking activities that will develop your ability to speak and write grammatically, coherently and clearly. You will also hone your reading and listening comprehension skills.

Innovation Made Possible^ (3 Credit Units)

General Pathology & Diseases (4 Credit Units)

This module equips students with knowledge of basic pathology which includes cell and tissue damage, genetic diseases, vascular disorders, tumours, inflammations, and infections with emphasis on microbiology. Students will learn common systemic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidaemia which can cause complications in the eye.

Ocular Health Assessment & Disease Management 1 (5 Credit Units)

This module covers clinical optometric techniques such as slit-lamp bio-microscopy and keratometry in examining the anterior segment of the eyes. Students will learn to detect and manage anterior eye diseases based on assessment and interpretation with these techniques.

Refraction (6 Credit Units)

This module focuses on clinical techniques of objective and subjective refraction using trial lenses on trial frame as well as with the phoropter. It also includes the clinical assessment of vision and visual acuity.

Ophthalmic Optics & Dispensing (4 Credit Units)

This module equips students with knowledge of the types, materials, physical and optical properties of single vision lenses and spectacle frames available in the industry. Students will also be taught basic skills such as hand neutralisation, pupillary distance measurement, focimetry and related measurements in fitting lenses into frames. Principles and processes of lens coating and basic single vision ophthalmic lens glazing will also be covered.

Health & Wellness^ (1 Credit Units)

Communication Essentials^ (3 Credit Units)

Ocular Health Assessment & Disease Management 2 (5 Credit Units)

This module covers the clinical optometric techniques direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy and emphasizes the detection and management of posterior eye diseases, as well as ocular tumours Ocular Health Assessment & Disease Management 2 (5 Credit Units) and systemic diseases of the eye. In addition, students will be equipped with knowledge of ocular trauma, enabling them to differentiate between ocular emergencies and non- emergencies for referrals.

Contact Lens & Fitting 1 (6 Credit Units)

This module covers the designs, materials, care and maintenance of soft contact lenses that are available in the market. Students will learn the techniques of verification, insertion, removal, and fit assessment of soft contact lenses. This module will also cover the detection, prevention and management of soft contact lens related complications.

Ophthalmic Dispensing & Prescribing (5 Credit Units)

This module equips students with the knowledge of prescribing and dispensing ophthalmic eyewear. Students will learn about different types of progressive and bifocal lens designs, and advanced refraction procedures to prescribe appropriate ophthalmic eyewear. Students will also learn about the applications and principles of various specialty ophthalmic lenses and frame designs. The techniques of glazing and fitting of ophthalmic lenses, proper ophthalmic dispensing procedures and troubleshooting will be covered in this module.

Visual Perception & Instrumentation (5 Credit Units)

This module studies the eye and the visual pathway as a system to perceive vision and includes the topics of visual resolution, spatial, motion, depth, and colour perception, contrast sensitivity, visual fields, and entoptic phenomena. It also covers the principles of psychophysical methods in studying the visual system. Students will learn to use various instruments to assess and interpret colour vision, visual fields, and contrast sensitivity.

World Issues: A Singapore Perspective^ (2 Credit Units)

Contact Lens & Fitting 2 (4 Credit Units)

This module covers the designs, materials and care and maintenance for rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses that are available in the market. Students will learn the techniques of verification, insertion, removal, and fit assessment of RGP contact lenses, and the detection, prevention, and management of RGP contact lens related complications. The effects of optical differences between contact lenses and spectacles will also be covered.

Biostatistics & Research Methods (4 Credit Units)

This module starts with basic statistics and progress to include probability and statistical inference. Students will also learn the basic processes and principles applied in research, as well as how to conduct literature reviews.

Introduction to Optometric Practice (6 Credit Units)
This module provides training of students in hands-on clinical practice in patient examination, with emphasis on history taking, refraction, slit-lamp biomicroscopy and direct ophthalmoscopy, prescribing and dispensing of optical aids.

Binocular & Paediatric Vision (5 Credit Units)

This module teaches the fundamental concepts of vision development and binocular vision. It covers the assessment, diagnosis and management of paediatric eye conditions and binocular vision anomalies.

Communication in Optometric Practice (2 Credit Units)

This module equips students with effective communication skills that include listening and responding, non-verbal communication, rapport building with patients, patient education, as well as interdisciplinary interactions and communications. Students can practice their interpersonal, collaborative, and professional communication skills during attachments and internship.

OPT Specialised Internship Programme (New) (25 Credit Units) 

In this module, students are attached to organisation(s) for an extended period of 25 weeks. This provides opportunities for students to experience managing patients who require eye care, optical aids/specialty lenses or to conduct research in a realistic work environment. The students will learn the operations of an optical, optometric or ophthalmology practice, as well as how to interact with the supervisor and colleagues. Additionally, students will undergo hands-on practices to hone their clinical skills, including contact lens fitting. 

OR 

4-month Internship (16 Credit Units) 

This module schedules students to be attached to two different optometric practice, which consists of optometric retail shops, eye clinics and hospitals which allow for experience in dealing with patients requiring eye care and optical aids in a realistic working environment. The students will learn the operation of an optical shop/ eye clinic, a hospital organization, as well as how to interact with supervisor and colleagues.

Integrated Optometric Practice (9 Credit Units)
This module provides training of students in hands-on clinical practice in patient examination, case analysis, patient management, and ophthalmic dispensing. It will include pachymetry and topics related to various refractive surgeries. It also provides basic hands-on clinical practice and knowledge on contact lens preliminary ocular assessment, contact lens fitting, contact lens delivery and aftercare for single vision and presbyopic patients. It also includes the determination of patient suitability of contact lenses, and deciding the best suited lenses for patients

Advanced Optometric Practice (6 Credit Units)

This module provides continued training of students in hands-on clinical practice in patient examination, case analysis, management including paediatric and special cases. It will include introduction to more advanced techniques of angiography, ultrasonography, electrophysical tests and optical coherence tomography.

Advanced Contact Lens Practice (5 Credit Units)

This module continues to provide students with hands-on clinical practice on fitting of contact lens and contact lens patient management for single vision and presbyopic patient. It also covers more advanced contact lens related content such as keratoconus, orthokeratology and post-refractive surgery fitting.

Optometric Practice Management & Ethics (2 Credit Units)

This module covers the basic concepts in operations, inventory control, marketing, people and service management, and finance in an optometry retail outlet. Students will learn about sales and marketing, how to develop a business plan, as well as basic accounting. This module also covers the legal and ethical responsibilities of optometrists as well as other eye care professionals during practice.

Healthcare Career & Professional Preparation (Optometry) (3 Credit Units)

The module is delivered over three years and prepares students for the optometry course with the end in mind, through guided reflection of their personal characteristics, and producing an overall game plan for their future education and career goals. It also aims to deepen students’ commitment to the optometry and optical industry. Students will be equipped with skills necessary to seek and secure work.

Ophthalmic Pharmacology (2 Credit Units)

Students will learn the fundamental principles of pharmacology and how these are relevant in the prevention and treatment of eye conditions and diseases.


Project ID: Connecting the Dots^ (4 Credit Units)