The Sankara Nethralaya Academy The Sankara Nethralaya Academy
The Sankara Nethralaya Academy
The Sankara Nethralaya Academy
Diploma in Refraction and Dispensing
Health care profession concerned with the health of the eyes and related structures like visual systems and vision information have become increasingly popular. Refractionists are paramedical professionals trained to prescribe spectacle lenses, contact lens, low vision aids, etc., to improve vision, and to diagnose various eye diseases. They can also refer the patients to other healthcare professionals, such as ophthalmologists, neurologists and general medical practitioners for further treatment or investigation.
To create a cadre of health care professionals who can assist the Ophthalmologist by doing preliminary examination including history taking,
   refraction and accurate dispensing of spectacles.
To impart limited training to aid the Ophthalmologist to arrive at an accurate diagnosis to enable effective management of eye disorders.
Course Details
Eligibility 10+2 or its equivalent with minimum 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Biology
Maximum no. of seats 50
Duration 2 years (18 months of study followed by 6 months of training in SN and its branch eye hospitals)
Course Fee INR 20000/- per annum
Main Outcome Measure:

After going through this two year program, the students shall be able to:

• Assist eye specialists in eye hospitals, eye care units etc as Refractionists, Dispensing Opticians.
• Become self-employed entrepreneurs as Opticians / Refractionists by running independent Optical outlets.
• Do preliminary assessment, perform accurate refraction and prescribe Optical aids.
• Aid in co-management of diseases by performing Diagnostic procedures.

Program curriculum:
The two year Program is divided into 4 semesters.

Semester I:
Functional English/Communication, Basic Optics I, Basic Human Sciences I, Basic Ocular Sciences 1, Fundamentals of Optical Retail Management.

Semester II:
Basic Optics 2, Basic Human Sciences 2, Basic Ocular Sciences 2, Basic Computer Applications, Introduction to Clinics (Practical)

Semester III:
Ocular Investigations, Clinical Examinations, Community Ophthalmology, Special Clinics (Practical)

Semester IV:

Career opportunities:
With the tremendous growth of Eye care hospitals and Optical Retail Chains, refractionists are sought after professionals with excellent job opportunities. Due to lack of trained professionals, all the students tend to get job placement while in their internship itself. The students can be employed in specialized eye hospitals, Optical Retail outlets and lens manufacturing companies. Placement is guaranteed for successfully passed out candidates in Sankara Nethralaya and its branch eye hospitals, besides other hospitals and optical chains through campus interview.
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Contact Us:
Anuja R Singh,
Program Co-ordinator,
The Sankara Nethralaya Academy (TSNA)
(Unit of Medical Research Foundation)
No.9, Vanagaram Road, Ayanambakkam
Chennai - 600 095, Tamil Nadu.
Ph No: 044 - 4908 6000 / Fax: 044 28254180
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