Department Of Optometry


Certificate in Ocular Diagnostics



Teaching and Learning Methodology

Core Values & Services

Optometry Clinic

Community Engagement Projects

Research Interests

Research Publications

Career opportunities

Academic & Support Staff

Contact Details

Optometry is a primary health care profession in South Africa that is an essential component of the public health care system. An optometrist is a primary health care professional whose responsibilities include performing eye examinations on patients with the goal of detecting visual errors in order to provide clear, comfortable, and effective vision; and correcting errors of refraction and related factors by providing spectacles, spectacle lenses, spectacle frames, and the supply and fitting of contact lenses to members of the public, as well as the maintenance of the patient's vision (South African Government Gazette No 33546 of 2010, regulation 2). Applicants must have a matric bachelor certificate with a minimum APS score of 27 in order to be considered for admission. The following are the minimum required points for each subject: English 4, Math 5, Physics 5, Life Sciences 5, and other level 4 subjects excluding Life Orientation.


To be the premier department within the School of Health Care Sciences that brings the university closer to its vision.


Strives to train and produce eye health practitioners who address community needs through health promotion, curative, supportive, and rehabilitative measures.

Contact Details

Dr VN Sukati
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Head of Department
Tel: 015 268 3737

Ms M Makgatho
Tel: 015 268 3222