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Chairman Message      Welcome to the Optometry Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University! The Optometry Department is located within the College of Applied Medical Sciences giving our students the opportunity to be surrounded by health professionals and researchers in a variety of disciplines. We offer a high-quality learning environment that aims to educate, well-train and graduate future doctors of optometry who care about their patients and communities. This will, in turn, boost eye care services and help prevent visual impairment and blindness in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In addition to Optometry Doctor (OD) degree, we also host Master’s degree in Vision Science. Thus, we are not only training the future best clinicians but also scientists. We are proud that our OD program is fully accredited by the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment reflecting the genuine effort made by faculty members, staff, students and alumni. Our outstanding faculty not only prepare future doctors of optometry but also deliver eye care services in different specialized clinics including contact lenses, binocular vision, low vision rehabilitation, color vision and geriatric and pediatric vision care. We commit ourselves to always enhancing our programs and boosting local optometric services in light of the Kingdom’s vision 2030.   Essam Saad Almutleb, MSc, PhD Head, Optometry Department

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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.