The University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry is an optometry school in the United States. Berkeley Optometry offers a graduate-level, four-year professional program leading to the Doctor of Optometry degree, the School also offers a one-year, ACOE-accredited residency program in clinical optometry specialties. The curriculum at Berkeley Optometry is designed to provide clinical training as well as instruction in the science of vision. Students are trained to be primary eye and vision care providers, which includes comprehensive eye examinations and the diagnosis, treatment, applicants to Berkeley Optometry must have a bachelors degree and complete undergraduate general science courses. Berkeley Optometry operates its teaching clinics on a twelve-month basis, students begin their training full-time in the first year with vision science and optometry courses. They are also enrolled in preclinical laboratories in years 1-2, beginning their training on the first day of the first year, students have their initial clinic supervision in direct patient care in the summer following their second year. Third-year students continue to take didactic instruction but spend more than half their time in clinical training, fourth-year students train full-time in clinical rotations locally and throughout the United States. Berkeley Optometrys Meredith Morgan University Eye Center is a health care center that provides vision services to over 80,000 patients per year. These patients are divided across the age spectrum, on average, each student has more than 2,500 individual patient encounters by the time of graduation, covering every eye care specialty. Berkeley Optometry established its first off-campus Residency Program in 1978 when it affiliated with the Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center, the inaugural on-campus residency training program began in 1983. The program provides each resident with mentored postgraduate education and clinical training in one or two specialty areas of optometric practice, on-campus residents are expected to treat patients and teach or supervise in general or specialty clinics. They also have teaching responsibilities and must give case presentations, as well as submit publishable-quality clinical case or research papers, in 2010 Berkeley Optometry established its first Joint Residency/MS Program by offering a two-year masters degree. Designed for optometry residents, the Joint Residency/MS in Vision Science Program prepares clinicians for careers in teaching, academic and industry research, postdoctoral students complete an Optometry Residency and a Master’s research thesis. In the first year, OD residents focus on advanced clinical education, during the second year, residents move from patient care to the laboratory to continue their research project under the supervision of Vision Science faculty. Upon completion, residents receive an Optometry Residency Certificate and an MS in Vision Science, the Physiological Optics Graduate Program began in 1946, granting its first MS and PhD degrees in 1950. Advances in understanding the brain and the system, along with substantial improvements in instrumentation. Berkeley Optometry is funded by the National Eye Institute in support of training in clinical research. Thus trainees in the Berkeley Clinical Scientist Development Program have professional clinical degrees, the University of California Clinical Research Center in the School of Optometry works with industry, foundations, and government to design and evaluate innovations in patient vision care
View of the south entrance to the Meredith Morgan University Eye Center, Minor Addition, University of California, Berkeley
Closeup view of tonometry (measurement of intraocular pressure) during a comprehensive eye examination
Westward view of the east side of Ralph S. Minor Hall, School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley. Built in 1941, the top two floors were added in 1992-93 to provide modern office and laboratory facilities.