Optometry / Optaiméadracht

2019 CAO Points - 498

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



 Other Grade Requirements 

At Least H4 in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry, or Biology. 

Applications from QQI Level 5 are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

Additional Requirements/ Information: You will be required to undergo Garda vetting. You must complete the required documentation, including a full list of all previous addresses, in order for clearance checks to be made.  Currently Irish addresses are vetted by the Garda Vetting Bureau at no cost to the student.

Optometrists (Ophthalmic Opticians) are healthcare professionals who provide primary eye care services. They carry out eye examinations to diagnose vision defects, including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, presbyopia and prescribe spectacles.

The optometrist’s eye examination will detect eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, as well as ocular signs of systemic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure and diabetes. Patients are referred to doctors by optometrists if medical attention is required. Optometrists in Ireland do not treat eye disease, which is done by medical professionals.

The first year of this course focuses on science subjects necessary for optometric training. Clinical teaching begins in Year 1 with Vision Science, which will equip you with some of the core clinical skills necessary for a routine eye examination. The clinical training increases throughout the course.

In Years 3 and 4, you’ll learn how to apply your scientific knowledge in a modern, purpose-built clinic, the National Optometry Centre (NOC), using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

You’ll learn to: perform an eye examination to determine if spectacles are required; choose suitable spectacle frames and lenses; fit contact lenses, identify eye-related disease so that a patient may be managed and referred if necessary; carry out specialised clinics in Low Vision, Aged Vision, Paediatrics and Binocular Vision, and use specialised ophthalmic diagnostic and imaging instrumentation.

At the end of Year 4, you’ll spend five months (Jan-May) working in an optometric practice under supervision which will give you workplace experience and skills and enhance your employment prospects.

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

After graduation you are eligible to take the Professional Qualifying Examinations of the Association of Optometrists, Ireland. The BSc in Optometry and success in these Qualifying Examinations are academic and professional requirements for registration with CORU (the Health and Social Care Professionals Council).

Most newly qualified optometrists work in established practices in Ireland or the UK. Registration in the UK is possible once you are registered in Ireland.

  • Vision Science
  • Ophthalmic Optics & Dispensing
  • Geometrical Optics
  • Physical Optics
  • Physics for Health Science
  • Cell Biology
  • Histology, Anatomy & Physiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the eye
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Clinical Optometry
  • Optical Dispensing
  • Binocular vision
  • Contact Lens Practice
  • Ocular Biochemistry
  • Medical Physiology
  • Physiology of Vision
  • Experimental Statistics
  • Introduction to Diseases of the Eye and Pharmacology
  • Primary Eye Care Clinic
  • Advanced Clinical Techniques
  • Contact Lens Practice
  • Binocular Vision
  • Diseases of the Eye
  • Ocular & General Pharmacology
  • Physiology of Vision
  • Intercultural Communications for Eyecare practitioners and Professional studies
  • Primary Eye Care Clinic
  • Contact Lens Clinic
  • Environmental Optometry
  • Paediatric Optometry
  • Vision Rehabilitation
  • Optometric Practice Management
  • Topics in Modern Optometry
  • Project
  • Supervised Practice

I chose Optometry as I was interested in science, wanted to work with people and make a difference, in their lives. [TU Dublin] was a great place to study; the class sizes are small so it was a friendly, close-knit community. Lecturers are available to answer any questions, and the National Optometry Centre has amazing facilities for practical work. I was introduced to working in sustainable development in vision care. I spent some time in Mozambique, and then lectured for a year with the Malawi School of Optometry. Both were amazing opportunities. Now I work in private practice in the family business while pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Optometry.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Hons)


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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Dr Veronica O’Dwyer