Study optometry

We offer the only optometry training in Queensland, and are one of just five providers in Australia.

Why study optometry at QUT?

  • Get hands-on experience working with real patients in our campus Optometry Clinic at QUT Health Clinics, and in external facilities.
  • Participate in community activities that focus on prevention, treatment and education among diverse social and cultural groups, ages and conditions.
  • Graduates of the program are eligible for registration as an optometrist who can use prescription medications for the therapeutic management of eye disease.
  • Learn from staff who have strong industry links and have been recognised internationally for research that has improved the diagnosis and treatment of ocular and vision problems.
  • Registered optometrists who complete the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics can apply for therapeutic endorsement with the Optometry Board of Australia.

Undergraduate courses

Bachelor degrees

Postgraduate courses

Graduate certificates

Masters by coursework

Masters by research

Doctoral degrees

Short courses

Work with real patients

Get practical experience treating real patients in our Optometry Clinic at QUT Health Clinics. Use complex instruments and equipment in a world-class training environment, and work under the supervision of experienced optometry professionals to provide specialist services in:

  • children's vision
  • retinal and anterior eye imaging and analysis
  • corneal topography
  • ocular photography
  • computerised perimetry.

Many optometrists refer their patients to the clinic for specialist testing on advanced equipment that is only available at our campus.

Learn from the best

Learn from academics and guest lecturers with years of experience in private practice in optometry and other health disciplines like medicine and pharmacy.

Many of our staff are active researchers who have made technological advances in:

  • correction of defects of vision
  • diagnosis and assessment of ocular and vision problems
  • functional repair of vision impairment.

Staff have been acknowledged with international research awards recognising the quality and impact of their research.

Leading research facilities

The majority of research in optometry and vision science is linked through the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation. IHBI is focused on ensuring better health becomes a reality of our lifetime and recognises the complexity of health issues including social factors, human behaviour and genetic risk.

IHBI laboratories are fitted out with specialist equipment that uses advanced clinical, biological, pharmacological, neuroscience and signal-processing techniques.

Researchers have access to new and developing technology in:

  • optical coherence tomography
  • wavefront sensing and analysis
  • corneal topography
  • anterior segment imaging
  • clinical optometry equipment
  • specially equipped vehicles for researching vision and driving performance.

Train in ocular therapeutics

Practising optometrists can study our Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics. Graduate eligible to apply for therapeutic endorsement with the Optometry Board of Australia. This course is the only one of its kind in Queensland, and is designed to help you meet the legislative requirements to use a range of S4 drugs to treat eye disease.

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