Chairman Message

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences was established at King Saud University about 30 years ago with the aim of fulfilling the needs of the health sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the optometry. The department has been working since its established to keep up with development of the continuous development in education. In the year 1430/1431 AH, the department launched the Master's program by courses and research paths to contribute to advancing specialization and supporting the scientific research. The Master of Science in optometry at the College of Applied Medical Sciences is the first optometry master in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region. In the year 1432/1433 AH, the department began to receive the first batch of students of the Optometry Doctor program, because of the belief in the scientific quality of this program on the one hand and in line with the international standards of universities that grant a bachelor’s degree in the optometry specialty on the other hand. The importance of specialization stems from the fact that optometrists are the first line of defence for the eye and are qualified to provide primary care and periodic examination of the eye and correct the refractive error for the adults and children, which contributes to maintaining eye health and safety in society and reduce the complications that may occur as a result of the lack of early diagnosis of eye diseases. The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences is concerned with qualifying professional and high quality cadres to provide primary eye care service, and aims to be a pioneer and distinguished in the field of academic education and scientific research. In conclusion, the department makes permanent efforts to develop the educational process and train students in the latest systems and technologies, and sets its sights on the emblem of high quality in every step in line with the goals of the university and the Kingdom's vision 2030.   Dr. Raied Ahmad Fagehi Chairman, Optometry & Vision Sciences Dep.

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“The Department of Optometry aims at graduating specialists with Optometry Doctor degree which qualifies the graduates to practice professionally in the field of optometry and provide primary eye care in addition to the contribution to scientific research and community service to the expectation of c

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Goal 1 To graduate optometrists with optometry doctor degree who are competent and able to provide primary eye care services that are comparable to the best international standards in optometry. Goal 2 Conduct research using evidence-based method that contribute to the scientif

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About the department

The Optometry Department at the College of Applied Medical Sciences is the only department in the Gulf region and the Middle East that graduates optometrists who are able to deal with the eye in an integrated manner, from examining eyesight and diagnosing pathological conditions and transferring them to the appropriate clinic. Scientific studies of the problem of blindness have proven that refractive errors (such as myopia, farsightedness and deviation) constitute one of the most important causes of blindness in the world. These refractive errors and other eye diseases can be combated and eliminated or reduced if there are persons qualified to work as optometrists on this basis. From this point of view, the Department of Optometry in the College of Applied Medical Sciences teaches and trains students to learn about vision problems and eye diseases and how to treat them, so that they are qualified to work as optometrists. The study plan of the department is concerned with early diagnosis and treatment of vision problems and common eye diseases through theoretical and practical lectures, which include

 

• Eye and vision examination

• Prescribing eyeglasses, contact lenses for various medical conditions such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, keratoconus.

• Diagnosis and treatment of strabismus.

  • Early detection and diagnosis of common eye diseases

• Prescribing visual aids for patients with severe vision impairment

 

It also requires the student, after completing all courses in the study plan, to conduct clinical training for a full year in eye clinics in several government hospitals to apply all clinical skills in specialization and benefit from the experience of practitioners, whether in the field of ophthalmology and optometry.