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Global Optometry Resources



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Motivated by the core public health development strategies to address the staggering shortage of eyecare personnel and services in the developing context, the Global Optometry Resources is a suite of open educational resources that aim to facilitate the implementation, delivery and advancement of optometric education.

Designed primarily for students and lecturers of emerging optometry schools, it offers downloadable teaching and learning materials that are relevant and suitable for all other groups of eye care personnel.

Model optometry program courses

The suite offers 24 core courses of an optometry degree program (PDF notes and PowerPoint) which comprise the model optometry curriculum shown below. All available modules are listed below in orange.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Locally compulsory or prerequisite courses (1) Locally compulsory or prerequisite courses (1)
Introduction to Optometry Introduction to Optometry
Semester 3 Semester 4
Locally compulsory or prerequisite courses (1) Locally compulsory or prerequisite courses (1)
Geometric and Physical Optics Physiological Optics
Applied Optics Applied Optics
Ocular Anatomy and Physiology Ocular Pharmacology
Clinical Optometric Procedures 1 Clinical Optometric Procedures 1
Public Health and Community Optometry Clinical & Community Practice (1)
Semester 5 Semester 6
Visual Perception and Neurophysiology Ocular Motility and Binocular Vision
Anterior Eye Disease Posterior Eye Disease
Clinical Optometric Procedures 2 Clinical Optometric Procedures 2
Contact Lens 1 (2) Contact Lens 2 (2)
Clinical & Community Practice (1) Clinical & Community Practice (1)
Semester 7 Semester 8
Binocular Vision Anomalies and Therapy 1 Binocular Vision Anomalies and Therapy 2
Neurological Eye Disease Practice Management and Jurisprudence
Geriatric Optometry Research Methodology and Project Design
Paediatric Optometry Occupational & Environmental Optometry
Low Vision 1 Low Vision 2
Clinical & Community Practice (1) Clinical & Community Practice (1)
Semester 9 Semester 10
Internship and/or externship (clinical practice) (1) Internship and/or externship (clinical practice) (1)
Optometric Research Project (1) Optometric Research Project (1)


  1. Years 1 and 2 of optometry curricula generally include locally prescribed courses and relevant prerequisites such as chemistry, biology, mathematics, etc. The overall structure of the curriculum will vary depending on the relative amounts of these as warranted by local academic structures and regulations. These courses are run by the local institution and as such do not form part of the Global Optometry Resources.
  2. These materials are available via International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE).
    More information is available on registration.


With the Global Optometry Resources project, the Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy is assembling and providing the course notes, PowerPoint slides and other tools for 24 courses of a typical optometric program.

The materials are collected by requesting experienced optometry lecturers with specific areas of interest or expertise to donate their class notes, PowerPoint presentations and any other tools related to their course material.

Once reviewed by an independent source, these are then edited for formatting, graphics and layout. Finally, the materials are uploaded in PDF and PPT format here to the Global Optometry Resources platform, available to eye care personnel around the world. 


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Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy

The Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy is a center of excellence for global eye health and vision care education.

With a commitment to human resource development and quality life‐long learning, the Academy promotes the implementation of sustainable programs by creating and providing the educational support (courses, resources and advice) essential to human resource capacity building, especially in the developing context.

Underpinning the Academy is the belief that education is the most effective way to build the capacity necessary to influence the change essential for reducing the social and economic effect of avoidable vision impairment.

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