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Optometry & Vision Science

The School of Optometry and Vision Science offers undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and postgraduate research programs, and graduates 40% of the new optometrists in Australia, making it the largest Australian Optometry School.

In addition to undergraduate education, the School offers a range of postgraduate coursework and research degrees. Within the eye and vision field, our graduates can be found in clinical practice, industry, public health, hospitals, education and academia around the world.


The School also operates a state-of-the-art Optometry Clinic that is open to the public and which provides a wide range of clinical services, and the Optics and Radiometry Laboratory which provides a test, calibration, research and development service in matters related to light and colour.

The Rupert Myers Building on the Kensington campus is also home to several other eye research and education organisations, including the Vision Cooperative Research Centre, a transnational research centre devoted to addressing the issues of visual defects and preventable blindness, the Institute for Eye Research, the International Centre for Eyecare Education, the International Association of Contact Lens Educators and Optometry Giving Sight.

In undergraduate education, our aim is to produce graduates of the highest calibre with both superior clinical skills and a thorough understanding of the vision science that underpins clinical practice. A BOptom (UNSW) leads directly to registration throughout Australia, in New Zealand and Malaysia as well as being recognised in many counties around the world.

Optometry was a founding discipline of UNSW and is proud of its achievements in teaching and research over the last 50 years. We look forward to continuing, expanding and optimising our activities and continuing to take a leading role responding to the challenge of providing outstanding vision care for all and providing the knowledge infrastructure to support the changing profession.

About Optometry

The profession of optometry is a primary health care profession, dedicated to the improvement and preservation of eyesight.
Optometrists must have an understanding of all aspects of the eye and of the visual processes, and are trained in the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology and physics, as well as in psychology, pathology, medicine and clinical optometry. The full breadth of the knowledge and skills acquired during their training is needed to solve the wide range of problems seen in clinical optometric practice.

The diversity of the profession ensures a constance source of interest, both in the undergraduate course and in the practising profession. Optometry offers a challenging and rewarding career to those who want to help people.