About our School
We offer the only optometry program in Queensland, training bright students who meet the high entry requirements to become practising optometrists.
Our students gain real-world experience at QUT’s purpose-built Optometry Clinic. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of local and international placements, including services for people experiencing disadvantage or who have limited access to eye care.
QUT’s School of Optometry and Vision Science is globally recognised for cutting-edge collaborative research that underpins the educational program.
Childhood vision problems
Rebecca Cox investigates the prevalence of undetected eye problems in Australian schoolchildren, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in regional areas. She found that Indigenous children in her study are much less likely to have their eyes tested, resulting in 82% of those needing glasses going without.
Rebecca's 3 Minute Thesis presentation won 2nd place in the QUT 2019 3MT competition.
Study with us
Train to become an optometrist through Queensland’s only optometry program. Our students prepare for careers as optometrists through clinical placements in local and international practices.
They also deliver care beyond the QUT campus through the QUT Health Clinics, outreach programs in local and regional communities, and have the opportunity to pursue once-in-a-lifetime international experiences.
Our graduates readily gain employment within optometry in a diverse range of practice environments.
Optometry Clinic and facilities
QUT’s Optometry Clinic provides full eye examinations, which include advanced technology imaging for the detection of eye disease. Our students gain real-world experience at the Clinic, working under the supervision of qualified registered optometrists.
Students learn in teaching spaces that are fully equipped with digital technology and the latest state-of-the-art optometry instruments.
Optometry researchers studied night-time visibility of road workers and demonstrated that retro-reflective clothing markers positioned in a ‘biomotion’ configuration significantly enhanced the night-time visibility of road workers, hence reducing their risk of collisions with vehicles. This work has been incorporated into national safety standards for roadworkers.
Globally recognised research
Our research has been independently rated as above world class and of high impact in the 2018 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) evaluation.Learn more about our research