Bachelor of Optics & Optometry (B.Sc.), Department of Optics and Optometry. Faculty of Health and Caring Professions. Technological Educational Institute of Athens.


Upon completion of their studies, graduates of the Department acquire the necessary scientific and technological knowledge and skills, as Opticians and Contact Lens Fitters to be employed in all areas of the Department's field, either as self-employed, either as persons responsible or executives of related business executives and industries, organizations and services.

In particular, the Optician and Contact Lenses Fitter:
• Applies modern scientific and technological methods and practices to the implementation and fitting of corrective or protective lenses, to the implementation and optometric confirmation of prescription contact lenses as well as to the marketing and trading of sunglasses and other visual aids.
• Applies modern laboratory techniques in the establishment and operation of an optical shop, prescription laboratory and fitting area for contact lenses.
• Deals with the social and legal obligations of optical businesses towards customers, ophthalmologists and local or national health institutions.
• Deals with the research, the development and innovation in every field of Optics and of the application of contact lenses and vision aids.
• Has knowledge to develop relevant studies and design products for the optical industry.
• Has skills for collective and team work, both within the field of Optics and its applications, and in other fields, such as the organization and management of departments and offices for importing and distributing Optical Goods.

Also participates in the following:
* Plan and organization of the laboratory spaces.
* The selection of equipment (machines, instruments, devices) while supervising the proper regular maintenance of machines and instruments in accordance with the safety rules provided.
* Selects the most modern and appropriate methods and processes for the production and supply of products and services.
* Quality control and keeping records.
* In work and studies undertaken in the workplace.
Finally, he/she is employed in education in accordance with the applicable legislation.
The curriculum of the Department of Optics & Optometry covers the subject of implementing corrective prescriptions, i.e. fitting and application of ophthalmic lenses in eyeglass frames, taking of necessary measurements for ordering and fitting these lenses, taking measurements, ordering and fitting various types of contact lenses, including the subsequent optometric review to check the application of the lenses' prescription.

Further Information

The Department of Optics and Optometry serves to promote the development and dissemination of knowledge on science and technology through teaching and applied research, while providing to students all necessary assets for their proper training and their scientific and professional career and growth. Within its mission, the Department:
A. Keeps track of European and international developments in the university and educational sector.
B. Collaborates with productive units and organisations related to its subject.
C. Uses modern technologies with regard to education and remote education (continuous learning).
D. Conducts technological research.
E. Helps its students develop the competences and skills that shall make them capable and competitive at a national and international level.
F. Prepares to be ready to changes, as per the fluctuating educational, financial, and social conditions in the local, domestic, and international environment, and to the changes required by the transformation and progress of the profession in the wider context.
G. Prepares for quality assurance and improvement in the Department.
H. Designs postgraduate departments, in collaboration with domestic or foreign universities.
I. Collaborates with private and state bodies (Municipalities, Local Governments, etc.) and also with response organisations:
(Médecins Sans Frontières, Associations for the Blind and Visually Impaired), in order to serve persons with conditions or social groups.

Relation To Employment

The graduates occupy positions as managers in Optical Stores, as optical shop owners, as managers in optical laboratories, as opticians responsible in the domestic large and small optical industries for ophthalmic lenses and contact lenses, and recently as Optometrists in various ophthalmological centers, participating as assistants in specialized ophthalmologic operations of refractive surgery. A ministerial decision is imminent, setting the professional rights of the unified profession of Optician - Optometrist, in accordance with the applicable standards in the EU.


Access to this type of qualification have those who have completed at least the secondary education (level 4).
Holders of such qualifications gain access to study programmes at the same level or at level 7 or 8.

Ways To Aquire

Qualifications of this type are acquired via formal education.