PAKISTAN OPTOMETRY & VISION SCIENCES COUNCIL (PO&VSC)
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It is submitted that optometry is health care profession. Graduates of Optometry are called Optometrists. World Council of Optometry (WCO) defines Optometry and Optometrist (http://worldcouncilofoptometry.info/…/who-is-an-optometrist/ as “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”.
In Pakistan more than twenty institutes are offering four or five year degree programs. At least one thousand Optometrists are passing out annually. There is no governing body to regulate the Optometry services in Pakistan. Every province has different job description and different nomenclature for Optometrists. Every institute has different syllabus for Optometry. For universal job descriptions, universal nomenclature and same syllabus and duration, the Pakistan Optometry Council is mandatory.
In Pakistan PMDC, Pakistan Pharmacy Council, Pakistan Homoeopathic Council, Pakistan Tibb Council and Pakistan Nursing Council govern the medical education and practices in Pakistan except Optometry education and practices as there is no Optometry council in Pakistan.
In advance countries of the world the Optometry councils are present to regulate Optometry and Optometrists. Every state of USA has Optometry Council. Australia and New Zeland has Optometry Board. States of Canada have Optometry Councils. United Kingdom and India are the countries having Optometry councils. European Council of Optometry and Optics and Optometry in Asia by Thai and Yap and Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, USA, narrate the scope of Optometry in Europe, Asia and America respectively.
In the light of above mentioned facts it is necessary to create Pakistan Optometry Council in Pakistan under federal government. It is requested kindly take necessary steps to constitute Optometry Council. Photocopy of my degree and a set of all annexes are enclosed.
Thanking you for anticipation.
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