POS demands due rights for Optometry

Pukhtun Nama Report

PESHAWAR: The office bearers of Pakistan Optometric Society (POS) have demanded a separate council/regulatory body for the Optometry to deal with this cadre, with the name Pakistan Optometry and Vision Sciences Council.

These demands were made by the Provincial President of POS Hanif Ur Rahman Bangash, Vice President Aimal Khan and Finance Secretary Asad Ullah while talking to media persons.

They said that “according to the World Council of Optometry (WCO), Optometry is a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated, and regulated (licensed/registered), and optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system”
They added that Optometry is an emerging field in Pakistan as it is in the world.

Pakistan Optometric Society representatives demanded that there should be a separate council/regulatory body to deal with this cadre, with the name Pakistan Optometry and Vision Sciences Council adding that in this regard the draft of council has already been approved by the National Committee for Eye Health chaired by Federal Secretary for Health.

They stated that the Higher Education Commission has banned the undergraduate course Doctor of Optometry which must be revoked, as this course is offered by all developed and majority of underdeveloped countries.

In a nutshell, by supporting Optometry, “we are improving the eye health delivery system in Pakistan. Eye patients are already outnumbered to eye health professionals, so prompt and supportive measures are needed to promote Optometry and hence Eye health services in Pakistan” They added