Department of Optometry
Optometry Programme Description
Training world class optometrists competent in comprehensive eye care examinations and academic research. Optometrists who are community health-oriented, and ready to address the eye care needs of the teeming population of the SADC region.
The department of optometry was established in 2008 in response to a great public need for access to eye care and spectacles in Malawi and the region of Southern Africa. Malawi, like many other developing countries, has limited infrastructure, trained personnel, and educational facilities for the training and operating of eye care professionals. Therefore, through collaboration between the Malawi Ministry of Health, Malawi College of Health Sciences, Mzuzu University and a partnership between several international organizations, namely, the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sight Savers International, and Optometry Giving Sight, a Bachelor’s of Science in Optometry was created and added to the list of available degree programs.
Optometry Course Objectives
The end of the course graduates will be able to
The program shares the vision of World Health Organization and the World Council of Optometry – a global vision of optometry, primary eye care access, and refractive correction for everyone. We look forward to a time when these services are produced by qualified optometrists within the SADC region thus contributing to reduction of burden of blindness worldwide.
The program shares the vision of World Health Organization and the World Council of Optometry – a global vision of optometry, primary eye care access, and refractive correction for everyone. We look forward to a time when these services provided by qualified optometrists within the SADC region thus contributing to reduction of burden of blindness worldwide.
Malawian students are required to complete a mandatory placement for one year at a district or central hospital within Malawi. International students are required to complete one year of internship in their respective countries.
These screenings allow the students and staff to experience, assess and treat the visual needs of Malawian communities as well as provide primary health care services to patients who would not have otherwise had access to eye care services. Read more
Since the inception of the Optometry Department in 2008, the Department has conducted vision screenings in the following areas:
- Rafiki Orphange in Mzuzu
- Mzimba Community Centre
- Enukweni Primary School
- Chikangawa Primary School
- Mzuzu Foundation Primary School
- Kuyanja Secondary School – Nkhata Bay
- St Augustrine’s Primary School
- Luwinga Secondary School
- Mzuzu University Student Shelter – Mzuzu
- Kwithu Community Based Organisation – Mzuzu
- Usisya Community Hall – Usisya
- Kande to Nkhatbay
- Mzuzu International Academy