What will you learn?

  • After the completion of this course the candidate will be able to:
  • Guide the patients to choose suitable frames and appropriate lenses
  • Measure the lens power by lensometry
  • Do lens glazing by manual process
  • Troubleshoot the problematic spectacles
  • Do the frame measurements, centering and decentering
  • Inspect the lens defects
  • Organize the optical service in community outreach programmes
Target Group

This short term course is conducted only for the candidates sponsored from an eye hospital or NGO.

Course Location
Batch Number 1
No of Seats
Course In-Charge

Dr. Usha Kim, DO, DNB

Contact Details
1, Anna Nagar, Madurai – 625 020, Tamil Nadu
+(91) 452-4356-100
+(91) 452-2530-984
Eligibility Criteria
  • The candidate must have passed in higher secondary exam.
  • The candidate should have one year experience in the field of ophthalmic dispensing
  • Selection will be made on first come first basis subject to meeting the eligibility criteria
  • Apart from Indian candidates, this course is open to all countries in South East Asia Region & Africa.
  •  Optical dispensing is a subspecialty of optometry which includes all procedures from the time the glass prescription is presented to the optician till the patients receives the pair of glasses satisfactorily.
  • A trained optician is required for the management of avoidable blindness by means of modern scientific dispensing.
  • The objective of this course is to develop the skills and knowledge of opticians for quality vision care services.

Medium of Course

  • English

General Information

Where to stay?
Accommodation and Food:

Inspiration – Aravind international trainee’s hostel is a comfortable and quiet place located close to the LAICO and Aravind Eye Hospital campus. Visit the website for more details.

How to pay?

Course fee covers tuition fee and teaching materials. National candidates can pay online on receipt of invoice along with the confirmation / appointment letter. International candidates can pay through wire transfer; the account details along with the payment procedure will be emailed to you by the course coordinator on confirmation of your admission.

Campus life at Aravind:

We recommend that all trainees take a look at Vanakkam – as guidebook to Southern India and Aravind. As you prepare for your travel to India and to the Aravind destinations, ‘Vanakkam’ will provide you with detailed information on what to expect when you arrive. This includes travel arrangements, dress code, living conditions, local weather and local food, as well as information on sightseeing and restaurants in the cities where the Aravind facilities are located.

For International Candidates:

A Visa is necessary to travel to India. As your visit to India is for undergoing training, you must obtain student /entry / internship visa (based on the duration of your training). It is advisable to get visa for the entire training period even before arriving in India. Extension of visa while undergoing training is not possible. Tourist visa is strictly prohibited.

On arrival at Aravind:

The FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) registration formalities will be done as per the instructions given on your visa page. For registration purpose, the participant should have their four passport size colour photographs (4×4 cm with white background, ears distinctly visible without spectacles and cap). If required, documents should be presented to the local police commissioner office in person. Please refer registration guidelines for more details.