DEPARTMENT OF OPTOMETRY

INTRODUCTION

The department of Optometry offers courses leading to the award of degree of Doctor of Optometry (OD). Optometry is a health care profession that is autonomous, educated, and regulated. The Optometrist is a primary health care practitioner of the eye and visual system, who provides comprehensive eye and vision care services which includes; refraction and dispensing, the detection/diagnosis and management of diseases in the eye and rehabilitations of conditions of the visual system (World Council of Optometry) W.C.O. Admission is by the University Matriculation Examination and it is a six year degree programme.


PHILOSOPHY

It is the philosophy of the department to facilitate the propagation and advancement of eye and vision education in Imo State in particular and Nigeria in general and to grant opportunities to all those who seek knowledge and learning in the field of Optometry through exemplary leadership in training, practice and research.


MISSION

To produce Optometrist who is skilful, knowledgeable and endowed with sophistication of recent Optometric advancement technologies in handling various visual defects.


VISION

It is the vision of this department to produce Optometry Doctors who are well trained and competent to handle all kinds of visual problems and will be willing to serve in any part of the country and African continent and be of great service to mankind and also engage in researches.


OBJECTIVES

1. To train Optometry doctors to have a sound knowledge of the profession, its ethics and practices.
2. To produce Optometry doctors that would provide comprehensive primary eye care services to the populace and make referrals where indicated as stipulated in CAP 340 laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
3. To produce Optometrists that are academic oriented and could initiate research and make advances in the profession for the benefit of mankind.
4. To produce Optometrist of international standard who will undertake training towards post graduate specialization.


Admission Requirements

1. UTME ENTRY:

Admission into the Optometry Program is by the University Matriculation Examination (UME). Candidates must have at least five O’ level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in one sitting; applicants must also satisfy the PUTME requirements.

2. DIRECT ENTRY:

(a) WASC/GCE A’ Level passes in Physic, Chemistry and Biology with SSCE/GCE O’Level credit passes in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English Language in one seating.
(b) Holders of 1st Degree at least second class lower division in relevant health courses, with five credit in one seating as at (1) above are eligible for admission into 200 level.
(c) Holders of HND with minimum of Upper Credit Pass are eligible for admission into 200 level, with five credit in one seating as at (1) above, depending on the appropriateness of their requisite academic preparation.


INTER UNIVERSITY TRANSFER

1. Students seeking transfer to the Department of Optometry, Imo State University, must have met the above admission requirements.
2. To be eligible for transfer, students must come from the basic Sciences or Optometry.
3. Transfer students shall spend a minimum of three academic sessions before graduation.
4. A transfer student shall normally register for and be examined in all courses which he/she did not take or pass in his/her former University.
5. Students on transfer must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 on a five point scale.


INTRA-UNIVERSITY TRANSFER

1. Students seeking transfer to the department of Optometry must have met the minimum departmental requirements.
2. To be eligible for transfer, students must come from the basic sciences.
3. Such students must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 on a five point scale.
4. The transfer student shall normally register for and be examined in all courses which he/she did not take or pass in his/her former department.


THE DEPARTMENT

1. The Head of Department: Dr. G.C Agu (Assoc. Professor of Optometry)
2. Senior Clinic Supervisor: Dr. Mrs. Jacqueline Obioma-Elemba
3. Junior clinic Supervisor: Dr. Magnus Nsonwu
4. Student Union Staff Adviser: Dr. Chima Madu


STAFF ADVISERS

1. 100 Level: Dr. Izuchukwu Eberendu
2. 200 Level: Dr. Mrs. Jacqueline Obioma-Elemba
3. 300 Level: Dr. Augustine Akujobi
4. 400 Level: Dr. Okechukwu Akogu
5. 500 Level: Dr. Desmond Ihekire
6. 600 Level: Dr. Magnus Nsonwu
7. Thesis committee chairman: Dr. Augustine Akujobi



eLIBRARY RESOURCES

1. Journal of Optometry - Elsevier
2. Journal of the Nigerian Optometry Association
3. Optometry and Visual Performance (OVP) Journal
4. Journal of American Optometric Association
5. Optometry and Vision Science Journal - Academy of Optometry
6. Optometry: Open Access - Open Access Journals
7. African Journals Online (AJOL)
8. Digital Commons Network
9. Directory of Open Access Journals
10. JSTOR