Optometry in Nepalese Context: The Profession Beyond Providing Refraction Services

Dinesh Kaphle, Himal Kandel, Prakash Paudel

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Optometry is an independent profession which is specialised for providing comprehensive eye care including refraction and dispensing services, diagnosis and management of eye diseases and visual rehabilitation. In clinical settings of Nepal, optometrists are primarily recognised as refractionists and are provided with working opportunities in the same area. This report highlights other optomet-ric services such as binocular vision, multifocal lenses, contact lenses and occupational lens design which can be provided by optometrists besides performing refraction and prescribing spectacles. Considering large proportion of optometrists with further education and being working outside the country, new specialised services can be introduced through training and workshop to the fellow optometrists so that specialised services can reach up to the public level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-63
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Nepal Medical Association
Issue number215
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


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