Who is the Department of Optometry?

At the University of the Free State (UFS) Department of Optometry, we teach you the skills to investigate, diagnose and manage visual and eye health problems. You will be exposed to a variety of new and advanced instruments and techniques and taught how to examine a patient’s eyes to improve and preserve their sight. This innovative degree allows you to conduct projects and community-based initiatives in eye care.



Special interest fields taught during your four year internationally recognised Optometry degree are:

  • Contact Lenses,
  • Binocular Vision,
  • Paediatric Optometry,
  • Low Vision and
  • Ocular Disease

Admission Requirements and Selection - All students are selected on academic merit.

Opportunities to further your education in Optometry, will open doors to employment in the private and public health sectors as well as opportunities in research and training in South Africa and abroad. 

The Department of Optometry invites you to share in our vision. 

 An “eye-catching career”



Central Information Office
T: +27 51 401 3739
F: +27 86 579 5154

E: StudentAdminFHS@ufs.ac.za

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