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

The department is a member of ASCO (Association of Schools & Colleges of Optometry), India and WCO (World Optometry Council), UK. Accreditation to 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 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.
  • Resource centre for International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE), Sydney, Australia.


The Department of Optometry, MCHP Manipal offers the following programs:


Bachelor of Optometry

Master of Optometry



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)



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