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Five reasons to study Optometry, Ophthalmics & Orthoptics

There are many reasons to study Optometry, Ophthalmics & Orthoptics. Explore five of the best reasons this degree can help you with your specialisation and your future career.

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1. Novel methods

Medical treatments are ever-evolving, making Optometry, Ophthalmics & Orthoptics an exciting and dynamic area to be involved in. If you want the chance to improve people’s health and simultaneously work with new technologies and techniques, this degree could be a good choice for you.

2. Specialisation options

The list of specialisation routes within this subject area is substantial. Take, for example, oculoplastic surgery, where you work with plastic surgery around the eye area. Other options include glaucoma, medical retina or eye diseases in children.

3. Transferable skills

Optometry, Ophthalmics & Orthoptics courses help you develop a specific set of skills, but many of them are widely transferrable. You learn how to problem solve, work under pressure and work well in a multidisciplinary team, all of which can be used in various professions across different sectors.

4. Graduate prospects

This is an occupational degree, so the chances of getting into professional employment soon after graduating are highly likely. This is reflected on the Optometry, Ophthalmics & Orthoptics league table, where most universities have a graduate prospects score higher than 90%. This means most students enter into professional work or continue their studies within six months of graduating.

5. Work abroad

Job opportunities around the world are plentiful. A degree and career in Optometry, Ophthalmics & Orthoptics set you up with transportable skills that can be taken across the globe.

Like the sound of being an optometrist, ophthalmist or orthoptist? You can register your interest with the NHS to receive further information about a career as an optometrist, ophthalmist or orthoptist and see what benefits the NHS offer.

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