The Victorian College of Optometry
The Victorian College of Optometry is a learned professional institution affiliated to the University of Melbourne. Its mission is the advancement of knowledge and learning in optometry which it pursues in a number of ways.
It cooperates with the University in the training of optometry students and the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences of the University is located within the premises of the College. The College was originally founded in 1939 to train optometrists and although this has long since been the responsibility of the University of Melbourne, the College continues to work closely with the University in optometric education.
The College took the initiative some 25 years ago to establish the National Vision Research Institute of Australia which operates as an associated but autonomous institution. The Research Institute is in a building adjoining the College.
Clinical Vision Research Australia (CVRA) is a research organisation established to conduct high quality clinical research. A core group of experienced researchers cover a wide range of specialist research areas such as contact lens and their associated areas, vision rehabilitation and visual function. The CVRA also conducts research in the broader areas for clinical equipment evaluation and public health research related to the eye field.
The College also operates a major optometry clinic that provides low cost eye care for people of limited means and a range of specialist optometric diagnostic and treatment services for people referred by optometrists and medical practitioners. The Clinic also welcomes university students and university staff.
The College is also responsible for the Victorian EyeCare Service which brings low cost optometric services to people living in the country.
Prepared by Dr Craig Woods, Victorian College of Optometry