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  1. C M O C Yeshwant Saoji Chairman, Educational Committee, IOA

  2. Optometry • Definition • Benefit to society • Optometrist

  3. History • First School • Syllabus • First comprehensive syllabus

  4. Need for standard Syllabus • Future of Optometry? • Mushrooming schools of Optometry • Non-standardized syllabus • CL is NOT taught at some programmes!

  5. Indian Optometric Asso. • Single largest National Organization of Indian Optometrists • Education related activities • Enrolling Life Members (full & asso.) • Standardizing the syllabus now being looked after by ASCO ( Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry )

  6. Importance of Education All are convinced about education • Join degree courses • Diploma to degree • Postgraduation • ECPs feel the need for updating • Pre-conference courses • Local meetings • Students want improvement in syllabus • More of clinics • Actual patients

  7. IOA and Education • The education related activities of IOA started with an interesting concept • Teachers training programme held at SNDT, Mumbai

  8. Edu. Activities of IOA • Many companies are doing Education programs along with IOA, for the benefit of Indian Optometrists • The National Conference is perhaps the most awaited event of IOA • The number of attendees are now touching over 600 • Scientific papers are of international standards • More research papers are being presented

  9. IOA for education • IOA provides concession for students to attend conferences to enhance their knowledge • IOA has financially assisted members attending international conferences • These members give their report which helps us to understand the international scenario in Optometry

  10. Education Committee • Education committee of IOA was formed to look after Edu. Related matters • Consists of Chairman and 2 members • Edu. Activities of IOA • Standardization of syllabus, which now has been taken over by ASCO

  11. Objectives of the Consortium • To prepare Common Minimum Optometry Curriculum (CMOC) for India • To dissipate the above materials among the Schools of Optometry in India (through ASCO)

  12. Team • Dr. Kirshna Kumar Ramani • Lakshmi Shinde • Prema Chande • Dipti Gogate • Kunda Ganatra • Dr.L.S. Varadharajan • Aditya Goyal • Yeshwant Saoji • Viven Mendonsa • Dr. Coen de Jong

  13. CMOC Meetings

  14. Optometry defined by CMOC • “Optometry is a health care profession that is autonomous and optometrists are primary health care practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and co-management of disease in the eye and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system”

  15. Role of an Optometrist • Primary eye care (Diagnosis /referral), Vision care (Contact lens, refraction, Low Vision, Binocular vision services), Co- Management of diseases (referral and Follow-up).

  16. Committees • General Anatomy, General Physiology, General Biochemistry, Ocular Anatomy, Ocular Physiology, Ocular Biochemistry ( Mr. Aditya Goyal ) • Physical optics & Lighting, Geometrical optics ( Basic Mathematics can be included in optics course itself) ( Dr L Srinivasa Varadharajan) • Visual optics, Clinical examination of Visual system, Instruments ( Mrs. Prema Chande) • Optometry optics, Dispensing Optics ( Mr. Yeshwant Saoji) • Ocular Disease, Systemic Disease, Public Health and Community optometry, Pharmacology,Microbiology,Pathology,Nutrition ( Dr R. Krishna Kumar) • Contact lenses, Binocular vision & Pediatric Optometry, Low Vision Aids & Geriatric Optometry ( Mrs. Dipti Gogate)

  17. Guidelines • Minimum contents for the course. with no. of hours for each content • Mention the professional who should handle the course • Include reading journal articles as one of the component • Include practical exercises wherever needed with number of hours • Mention appropriate year (out of Four years) the course to be included • Mention about the Prerequisites courses, text and Reference books • Give the objective and description of the course • Methods of teaching and evaluation for each chapter

  18. Sample format • Sample format was designed by Dr.Krishna Kumar • Coordinator of each committee consulted concerned professionals after getting approval from the core committee • Coordinators were not expected to work on the course details unless it was their own area of expertise

  19. Draft uploaded on ASCO website • The draft was uploaded on ASCO website • Feedback from all corners of India was requested • The syllabus started taking shape with new opinions

  20. COMMON MINIMUM OPTOMETRY CURRICULUM FOR INDIA (Four year Degree Program)Eligibility: Minimum Higher Secondary with Physics/Chemistry/ Maths or Biology

  21. Clinical Training

  22. Clinical Training

  23. Clinical Training

  24. List of Contributors

  25. List of Contributors

  26. List of Contributors

  27. Salient points • Need for organized National Level Evaluation for optometrists • Practice Management – Workshop in the last year • 360 degree feedback system • Outreach programme participation • Advanced level: Vision Therapy, Scleral Contact lens fitting, Orthokeratology, Ocular Prosthesis, Electrodiagnostics.

  28. Salient points • Inculcating knowledge on ethics in clinical practice • Insisted on upgrading through CMEs. • Generate more independent optometry practitioners • Digitalizing the classroom sessions and allow the students move to more clinical practical training • To bring in feeling of pride in this profession among optometry students

  29. Salient points • ASCO will take the responsibility of spreading the CMOC draft to all the Schools of Optometry in India • Course curriculum, should be put forth during next AIOC conference

  30. ICEE and YMCO • ICEE interest in sharing the initiative • The sample materials and the objective of ICEE were looked by the members. The objective and the programme structure are not matching with CMOC programme structure. • YMCO interest. • YMCO representatives showed interest in CMOC

  31. Future • The CMOC would be distributed to all Colleges of India and to the new colleges to ensure standardization • Lectures would be developed • Exam pattern and papers would be shared between Institutes • Sharing of lectures, lecturers and text books would be encouraged

  32. How IOA can help

  33. What Next? • Anymore additions to the CMOC draft ? • Mechanisms to spread successfully • ASCO Website • CD to each school / in person • Promotion of Optometry among the Public • Writing Books on Optometry


  35. Today’s Plan • Group activity + Presentation + Discussion : • Critical review of CMOC Draft • Implementation :Barriers and Solution • Infrastructure requirement of School of Optometry • Teaching/Assessment methods • Consolidation of the day proceedings by Ms Lakshmi Shinde • Vote of Thanks by IOA President

  36. Thank you! • Slowly but steadily we not only progressed closer but ACHIEVED the Goal! • All because of vision of one man and efforts of many • Thank you Dr. Krishna Kumar! • Thank you President IOA and President ASCO for their valuable contributions