Optometry in Ireland

World Health Organisation, definition of optometry:

Optometry is a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated, and regulated (licensed/registered), and optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.


Optometry is a well established profession in Ireland whose practitioners are often more commonly known as opticians. They are:

  • Qualified through a four year BSc degree from Dublin Institute of Technology together with completion of Professional Qualifying Examinations which are the final tests of competence.
  • Optometrists work in the primary care sector. They are the general practitioners of eye-care and should be regarded as the first port of call by anybody with eye or eyesight problems (other than physical injury which should be brought to a doctor).
  • The basis of all eye-care is the eye examination: click for more information.