The following list of optometry schools covers many countries, although the list is not exhaustive. Internationally, optometry as a profession includes different levels of education. The institutions listed below provide academic and professional education and clinical training that ranges from Doctor of Optometry degree level to other professional degrees in optometry and also non-degree level education leading to a diploma or other qualifications in optometry.
In many countries the role of optometry is statutorily defined, practice is regulated and there is uniformity in professional education and clinical training and the scope of practice is consistent with the definition of optometry as a profession. In such countries the nomenclature of terminal qualification may be reviewed as and when necessary. In Australia, for example, Doctor of Optometry (OD) is now established at University of Melbourne (first intake 2011) and OD is described as "an internationally recognised qualification and the gold standard for optometry education."
This is a list of optometry schools sorted alphabetically by country.
The following list includes educational institutions offering four year degree courses, two or three year diploma courses and also non-degree courses. Post-graduate education in optometry is also offered in India leading to M.Optom, M.Phil., M.Sc. and Ph.D. by several universities.
Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Govt:Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Amity University Gurgaon, Haryana
Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry, Hyderabad
Elite School of Optometry], Chennai
FAHS(Faculties of Allied Health Sciences Pondicherry),Vinayaka Missions
Bharatimaiya College of Optometry, Surat.
Bharathiar University, Coimbatore,
Bharati Vidyapeeth University,Medical College,School of Optometry,Pune,Maharashtra.
Dr. DY Patil Institute of Optometry & Visual Science ( Deemed ) University Maharastra
Dr.N.T.R University Of Health Sciences Vijayawada, Andra Pradesh
Alsalama Optometry college, Perinthalmanna
Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
Himalayan University,Arunachal Pradesh
IGNOU, (Central University) Delhi
ITM Institute of Health Science, (Deemed) University, Mumbai
J.R.N. Rajasthan vidyapeeth (Deemed) university.
Jadhavpur University, Kolkata, W. Bangal
Jamia Hamdard (Deemed) University, Delhi
Kalyani University, Kolkata, W. Bangal
Lotus college of Optometry
Madurai kamraj University
Manipal university, Manipal, Karnataka
Martin Luther King University, Shillog, Meghalaya
Municipal Eye Hospital, School of Optometry, Mumbai
NIMS University, Rajasthan
Rabindra Bharti University, Kolkata,W. Bangal
Sankara College of Optometry, Bangalore
Sri Ramchandra University, Porur, Tamil Nadu
Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Science, Assam.
SRM University, Chennai,Tamil Nadu
Shri Rajaram Eye Hospital
The Global Open University Kohima, Nagaland
The Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R Medical University Chennai,Tamil Nadu
Tripura University, Agartala,Tripura
University of Hyderabad
University of Mumbai, Maharastra
Uttrakhand University, Uttrakhand
Vasan Institute of Ophthalmology and Research, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Veer Narmad South Gujrat University,Surat,Gujrat
Vidyasagar College of Optometry and Vision Science, Kolkat
West Bengal University of technology, Kolkata
Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) Maharashtra
Netrajyothi college of Health Science (Optometry), Bangalore
Dr.Anand College of Optometry and Vision Science, Salem
Lotus college of Optometry Juhu Mumbai Laxmi college of Optometry Mumbai
Currently there are seven state universities (in Milano, Padova, Lecce, Roma, Firenze, Napoli, and Torino) offering three-year university degrees in optics and optometry (Ottica e Optometria), formally a kind of a physics degree.
In 2009 University of Manchester (UK) and Singapore Polytechnic set up a degree course in optometry within the premises of Singapore Polytechnic. The degree is not recognised by the General Optical Council (GOC) in the United Kingdom. This course has since been stopped due to staffing issues.
School of Ophthalmic Technology, established in 1983 by ministry of health at National Eye Hospital Colombo with the initiation of Dr. C E Parker III. Honours the Diploma in Ophthalmic technologist. Still a degree programme does not exist. These ophthalmic technologists are trained for the purpose of government hospitals. The course is also undergone by other SAARC countries: Nepal, Maldives and Pakistan. Meantime part-time courses are conducted by private institutes to provide diploma for private sectors. Namely EYE CARE INSTITUTE and SRI LANKA OPTOMETRIST ASSOCIATION. The government of Sri Lanka does not recognize optometry as a profession and has no rule and regulation to date.
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
There are 9 educational institutions in the United Kingdom offering degrees in optometry. Six are located in England with one optometry school in each of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Additionally, in England, the Institute of Optometry offers a post-graduate professional doctorate (Doctor of Optometry degree) in partnership with London South Bank University.