The department of Optometry was established in the year 2002. We offer Bachelor of Optometry (B.Optom), Master of Optometry (M.Optom) and doctoral programme (PhD).

The department is a member of ASCO (Association of Schools & Colleges of Optometry) India, and WCO (World Optometry Council) the UK. Accreditation to the European Council of Optometry & Optics (ECOO) is in progress. 

Key Features

  • Follows a semester and credit-based evaluation system
  • Well-equipped clinical demonstration and practical rooms
  • Adequate library facilities
  • Case discussions and evidence-based journal clubs.

Core Competencies

  • Contact lens
  • Binocular vision and vision therapy
  • Low vision      


  • Member of World Council of Optometry (WCO).
  • Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry in India (ASCO).
  • Resource centre for International Association of Contact lens Educators (IACLE), Sydney, Australia.

Global Connect

Department of optometry, MCHP is one of the partners Higher Education Institute (HEI) from India in the prestigious Erasmus Plus Capacity Building in Higher Education grant (Euro 946,128 between 2016 and 2020) titled “Optometry Curriculum for Life Long Learning Through Erasmus”. Through this grant, the Optometry department received funds to establish state of art preclinical facility and project aimed to reform optometry education in Israel and India towards European standards, and develop resources for improved education through lifelong learning … For more details click on this link- https://www.oculuserasmus.org/




Active collaborations with universities world-wide & accreditation providing career paths with options for study abroad


Wide range of inter-disciplinary projects with received funds from Government of India (INR 2 crores, $ 283,065) and few industry grants

Patient care

Providing optometric care at tertiary centers (Hospital) and community (rural & urban)

Why Optometry at MCHP, Manipal?



Hands-on training and clinical teaching in all the specialty areas of Optometry is been provided. Besides this, Department also offer patient care in Primary eye care, Contact Lens, Low vision and Pediatric & Binocular vision.

Optometry preclinical

First of its kind in India, with state of the art facility for basic and advanced optometry training