Head of the Department Associate Professor Dr. Illés Kovács
Background The education of optometry in Hungary started in 1992 at the College of Health Care (now the Faculty of Health Sciences of Semmelweis University Semmelweis University Faculty of Health Sciences). Prior to this, the education of optometry belonged to the Department of Clinical Studies. The Department is responsible for training optometrists. This includes developing the curriculum of the optometry training, organising clinical and optical trainings for students, and keeping connection with educators and institutions that participate in the practical training.
Education The optometry training in Hungary is conducted as a part-time programme. The undergraduate training programme is eight semesters long and comprises 240 ECTS credits. The programme contains a total of 1062 contact hours and a total of 6138 individual hours, 40 percent of which is devoted to theoretical training and 60 percent is devoted to practice.
Graduate training programmes are also available after completion of the basic training.
Research The Department conducts scientific work in two ways: 1. In partnership with the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology in the following fields:
- Femtolaser in the surgery of cataracts;
- Up-to date optical biometry design of multifocal and toric intraocular lenses;
- Orthokeratology against the progression of myopy;
- New possibilities in the therapy of keratoconus;
- Diagnostic possibilities and treatments of cornea distrophies;
- New possibilities in the diagnostic methods of early forms of keratoconus.
The Department’s individual scientific work is carried out in the following fields:
- Correction of presbyopia with contact lens
- Contact lens induced dry eye
- Contact lens wearing in childhood
- Computer Vision Syndrome and it’ connection with ametropies
- Screening of visual acuity of school-aged children
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