Diploma In Refraction And Ophthalmic Dispensing

The services of eye care professionals are in high demand due to the increasing ocular disorders and anomalies, the growing population, the growing ageing population and associated ocular disorders, and increased access to eye care services with the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

There is also the issue of inadequate or limited eye care professionals to fill the many vacancies in both public and private healthcare facilities especially at the District level and deprived communities nationwide to provide eye care services to the citizenry.

The Diploma in Refraction and Ophthalmic Dispensing (DROP) is a two year programme specifically designed to address the increasing demand for eye care professionals and their services and to supplement the efforts of the Public Institutions in the training and development of human capital for the nation and beyond.

Refractionists (also known as ophthalmic opticians) are eye care professionals trained to prescribe spectacle/contact lenses to improve vision and to detect/diagnose various eye diseases and refer for appropriate treatment. They can refer the patients to other healthcare professionals, such as ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Neurologists and General Medical practitioners for further treatment or investigation.

Students will also be equipped and provided skills in edging, fitting, tinting, customizing eyeglass lenses, fitting of contact lenses by implementing patient pre-fit evaluation, instrumentation measurements and post fit evaluation.

Students will acquire cutting-edge skills and knowledge from leading eye care experts/practitioners and world class faculty in a dynamic learning environment.

Programme Objectives

i. To train and develop refractionists and ophthalmic dispensing technologists to meet the growing needs of such qualified eye care professions to fill the many vacancies in health facilities especially at the District level and deprived communities nationwide.

ii. To train and develop refractionists and ophthalmic dispensing technologists to provide supplementary roles or primary eye care services to support the other eye care professionals.

Entry Requirements

  • SSSCE/WASSCE with five {6} passes or equivalent (SSSCE: A-C, WASSCE: A1-C6)
  • Matured applicants must be 25 years and above with 3 years working experience and must pass selection interview (oral and written)

Duration

3 years