In focus: Optometry’s popularity boosts degree numbers

The number of optometry degrees in the UK are on the rise, with one more starting this September. Zoe Wickens reports

With only a few months left to go before a new cohort of optometry students start, course leaders have been busy creating a high standard of content for budding eye care professionals.

Earlier this year the GOC published findings from its Educational Strategic Review, highlighting that 97% of respondents agreed with the development of new education standards for optometrists and dispensing opticians, and 82% agreed with embedding clinical experience from the start of education programmes.

Continued high demand for a career in optometry has resulted in two new optometry courses while others, including at the University of Central Lancashire, are also in the pipeline.

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