The aim of the program is to train health staff that can provide the patient with the glasses, all types of lenses, optical vision equipment, frames as prescribed by the ophthalmologist. Opticians are also trained in how to assemble eyeglasses, repair them, and make them ready for the use of the customers. Opticians are technical staff capable of understanding prescriptions for fixing or removing vision deficiencies, supplying optical equipment and providing patient-specific services in accordance with the prescriptions of the ophthalmologists. Students who graduate from this associate degree program can apply to an undergraduate degree by DGS – an exam offered by ÖSYM.
The staff offering the courses in this program is strong in both academic and clinical aspects. Students who are in this department, with the theoretical and practical training provided by the strong staff in scope of the Opticianry Program, will be able to understand the prescription and provide the patient with the suitable glasses and the frame, determine the visual focus of the patient with a pupilometer, determine the focus of the glasses by using a focometer, prepare the glasses by using glass cutting equipment and assemble eyeglasses and deliver them to the patient. The students, through their 2-year education, are trained by lecturers competent in their fields and gain the knowledge and skills for their profession from the most reliable sources. The education in the clinic, practical courses and clinical practice are carried out according to the principles and regulations of The Higher Education Council (YÖK).
The students who graduate from this program gain the “Optician” title. Opticians are the staff who prepare and apply the optical equipment prescribed by the ophthalmologist for treating vision loss and similar difficulties. They are also legally responsible for the running of any kind of opticianry institution, for making contracts with government institutions and carrying out the contract provisions. The graduates from this program can work as managing directors in opticianry institutions in the private sector. They also have the opportunity to establish their own business. There is a significant need for opticianry professionals in both public and private institutions. Due to the demand for opticianry professionals, there is a wide range of employment opportunities available.