Diploma in Optometry (DOPT - S67)


The Diploma in Optometry (DOPT) course is a three-year program designed to produce professionally competent optometrists. The course recognizes the importance of good eye health, eyesight and the impact it has once it is lost, and therefore aims to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide quality eye care services.

The scope of optometry includes managing refractive errors such as myopia and presbyopia, detecting common eye diseases, and correcting vision through spectacle and contact lens correction. Our students receives training on state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technologies within the field of optometry to ensure they are equipped with the latest skills and knowledge to serve the optical industry of tomorrow.

Upon graduation, our students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to become licensed optometrists registered with the Optometrists and Opticians Board (OOB), governed by Ministry of Health. This opens up a world of possibilities for graduates, who can choose to work in a variety of settings, including community optometry clinics, ophthalmology clinics, hospitals, multinational manufacturing companies, or research institutions. For those with entrepreneurial aspirations, the option to start and run their own optometric practice is also available. Many of our DOPT alumni have taken this path and have successful optometry practices of their own.


Course Highlights

History and Track Records

  • Pioneering Education: First tertiary institution in Singapore to offer the Diploma in Optometry course (since 1994). First local optometry course to receive OOB full accreditation in 2008

Facilities and Industry Presence

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Excellent clinical and laboratory facilities, with strong industry presence such as Zeiss and Essilor housed in our 5700 sq. ft. SP Optometry Centre
  • Industry-Driven Curriculum: Industry partners shape and support the curriculum, ensuring relevance and up-to-date education

Curriculum and Pedagogy

  • Hands-on Experience: Emphasis on hands-on experience, with students starting to work with patients in their first year
  • Diverse Exposure: Regular industrial attachments at hospitals, optometric practices, contact lens/ophthalmic lens companies for a broad scope of optometry experience
  • Workplace Learning: 22-week-long internship in the final semester, enhancing students' practical skills and knowledge through hands-on experience

Opportunities for Overseas Learning Exposures

  • Global Mindset: Opportunities for overseas exposure via community service projects or attachments to optometry schools and research institutions, fostering a global mindset and expanding students' cultural awareness

Further Education Opportunities

  • Poly for All Ages: First to offer an accelerated program for working adults, providing tertiary education to individuals of all ages
  • Accreditation & University Pathways: Accredited by many local and overseas universities, opening up opportunities for exemptions or direct entry into second or third year of related degree programmes


Singapore Polytechnic Optometry Centre


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