The Bachelor of Science in Optometry offered by the University of Guyana (UOG), is a 4-year programme, including internship. Based in the Department of Public
Health, it is built on the core curriculum as prescribed by UK-based General Optical Council (GOC).In addition to classes and simulated practice on campus, students undertake clinical attachment (and eventually, their 6-credits internship) in more than ten leading Eye Clinics and Eye Departments in five countries across the Caribbean.
The first Optometry cohort commenced training at the University Of Guyana in 2010.
Today, there are three cohorts, years 1, 2 and 3 (there was no intake in 2011). There are more than 70 students reading for the Optometry BSO from five countries in the region.The Programme graduated its first batch of Optometrists in 2014. The graduates are competent to practice at level 3 of the World Council of Optometry’s 4-level scope of practice. The BSO is one of two Optometry training programmes in the Caribbean recognised by the World Council of Optometry.
The programme is a key component of Vision 2020 ‘s(right to sight) goal to increase the number of Eye Health Workers, in order to reduce avoidable blindness globally. It is anticipated that the Optometry Doctorate will commence shortly.
I join the current cohorts of UOG Optometry students in congratulating the new Optometrists and welcoming you to this their Annual Dinner .
Arvel Grant C.Sw, B.Sc-Sw (Hons) DPA MPH
Chief Executive Officer
CCB-Eye Care Caribbean