Overview

Around every second person living in Germany needs a visual aid or suffers from an eye disease. The visual aids with their diverse technical and optical properties are determined by opticians. Optometrists can also assess visual functions and the state of health of the eyes and thus make a valuable contribution to preventive health care.

The study of ophthalmic optics / optometry is a combination of natural science, technology and medicine, paired with manual components and a large portion of empathy for customers and patients and therefore a specialty.

Lectures on the optics of the eye and visual aids, visual perception and eye diseases are just as much part of the course as the numerous internships in which, among other things, people with visual problems or eye diseases are examined, advised and provided with glasses, contact lenses or magnifying visual aids will.

Practical phases and modules with scientific content enable students to transfer practical and scientific content into professional practice.

The course content meets international requirements for a modern course in optometry. The course is therefore accredited by the European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO).

 

PRACTICAL RELEVANCE

The focus of the course on application-related optometry takes into account the increasing need for health services relating to the eye, which results from demographic development and the ever-increasing demands on vision.

Students spend almost half of their study time in internships, in which the ametropia of the eye is determined from the first days of study, measurement and examination techniques are tested and visual aids are adapted.

Students acquire important competencies for the safe use of optometry through the examination, provision of visual aids and advice to real customers and patients in clinical internships and in the practical phases.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

1st semester

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
B01 Anatomy and physiology 4th   5 P. VII
B02 Contact lens fitting basics 3 2 5 P. VII
B03 Subjective refraction determination 3 3 5 P. VII
B04 Fundamentals of ophthalmic optics 4th 2 5 P. VII
B05 Technical English   4th 5 P. I.
B06 Mathematics and statistics basics 3 1 5 P. II

2 semesters

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
B07 Pathology, immunology and pharmacology 4th   5 P. VII
B08 Rotationally symmetrical contact lenses 2 4th 5 P. VII
B09 Ophthalmoscopy and retinoscopy 2 3 5 P. VII
B10 Physiological optics I 3   5 P. VII
B11 General optics I 3 2 5 P. VII
B12 Eyewear optics and fitting I 2 2 5 P. VII

3rd semester

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
B13 Pathology of the eye 4th   5 P. VII
B14 Toric contact lenses 2 4th 5 P. VII
B15 Binocular vision I 3 2 5 P. VII
B16 Physiological optics II 3 2 5 P. VII
B17 General optics II 3   5 P. VII
B18 Low Vision I 3 2 5 P. VII

4th semester

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
B19 Systemic changes and eye 3   5 P. VII
B20 Multifocal contact lenses 2 2 5 P. VII
B21 Binocular vision II 3 2 5 P. VII
B22 Special optometric examinations 2 3 5 P. VII
B23 Eyewear optics and fitting II 3 3 5 P. VII
B24 Low Vision II 3 2 5 P. VII

5th semester

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
B25 Clinical Optometry I 1 3 5 P. VII
B26 Elective module I (WP01 or WP02)   3 5 WP VII
B27 Elective module II (WP03, WP04 or WP05)   4th 5 WP VII
B28 Scientific work 2 2 5 P. VII
B29 Business administration 4th   5 P. I.
B30 Operations management in optometry 3   5 P. I.

6th semester

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
B31 Practical phase I     10 P. VII
B32 Studium Generale I 2   2.5 WP I.
B33 Studium Generale II   2 2.5 WP I.
B34 Elective module III (WP01 or WP02)   3 5 WP VII
B35 Elective module IV (WP05, WP06, or WP07)     5 WP VII
B36 Elective module V (WP08 or WP09)   3 5 WP VII

7th semester

module Module name SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
B37 Practical phase II     15th P. VII
B38 final exam       P. VII
B38.1 Bachelor thesis     12th P.  
B38.2 Oral exam     3 P. 

Elective modules

module Module name semester SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
WP01 Clinical internship contact lens fitting 5 and 6   3 5 WP VII
WP02 Clinical internship fitting glasses 5 and 6   3 5 WP VII
WP03 Diagnostic procedures and clinical internship Low Vision 5   4th 5 WP VII
WP04 Diagnostic procedures and clinical practice binocular vision 5   4th 5 WP VII
WP05 Clinical internship Low Vision and Clinical internship binocular vision 5 and 6   4th 5 WP VII
WP06 Vocational / work pedagogy and clinical internship Low Vision 6th   5 5 WP VII
WP07 Vocational / work pedagogy and clinical internship binocular vision 6th   5 5 WP VII
WP08 Clinical Optometry II 6th   3 5 WP VII
WP09 Special contact lenses 6th   3 5 WP VII
               
  Hints:            
  WP01, WP02, WP03, WP04 and WP05 are always offered in the winter semester.            
  WP01, WP02, WP05, WP06, WP07, WP08 and WP09 are always offered in the summer semester.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Elective modules

module Module name semester SU SWS Ü SWS LP P / WP FB
WP01 Clinical internship contact lens fitting 5 and 6   3 5 WP VII
WP02 Clinical internship fitting glasses 5 and 6   3 5 WP VII
WP03 Diagnostic procedures and clinical internship Low Vision 5   4th 5 WP VII
WP04 Diagnostic procedures and clinical practice binocular vision 5   4th 5 WP VII
WP05 Clinical internship Low Vision and Clinical internship binocular vision 5 and 6   4th 5 WP VII
WP06 Vocational / work pedagogy and clinical internship Low Vision 6th   5 5 WP VII
WP07 Vocational / work pedagogy and clinical internship binocular vision 6th   5 5 WP VII
WP08 Clinical Optometry II 6th   3 5 WP VII
WP09 Special contact lenses 6th   3 5 WP VII
               
  Hints:            
  WP01, WP02, WP03, WP04 and WP05 are always offered in the winter semester.            
  WP01, WP02, WP05, WP06, WP07, WP08 and WP09 are always offered in the summer semester.

 

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates of the bachelor's degree in Ophthalmic Optics / Optometry are welcome specialists in specialized ophthalmic optics shops, in eye clinics, in ophthalmological practices, in the ophthalmic industry as well as in vocational training and science.

You are able to

  • Identify and hand over glasses, contact lenses and visual aids for the visually impaired,
  • To assess visual performance and visual functions and to compare them with age-related norm values,
  • Assess risk factors for eye disease
  • assess the state of health of the visual system with the help of modern examination techniques,
  • Preliminary and follow-up examinations e.g. B. for cataract and refractive surgery,
  • To give customers / patients competent advice and recommendations,
  • ???? to refer to a (specialist) doctor in the event of abnormalities and to work with him in a trusting manner
  • to integrate scientific aspects of ophthalmic optics / optometry into professional activity.


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