Certificate in Ophthalmic Science program was introduced by CTEVT to produce middle level Eye Health Cadre Ophthalmic Assistant with a view to provide curative, preventive and promotive eye health services to the community.
The trained Ophthalmic Assistant is a professional Ophthalmic Health Worker, who has been given three full years training in Ophthalmology and related health sciences. The aim of this three years training is to produce compassionate mid level ophthalmic human resource who can help and play important role in eye care delivery system within the hospital and in the community.
Ophthalmic Assistants (OAs) make up the very important mid-level tier of eye care professionals.
The first year includes a basic science course at CTEVT, while the second year is devoted to theory classes on ophthalmology, clinical practice and ocular surgical training at TIO.
In the final year, students are posted to peripheral eye hospitals and Community Eye Centres for clinical and community based practice.
Upon completion of the three-year course, students are eligible for registration as Grade 2 health professionals with the Nepal Professional Council.