Head of the study: Prof. Josip Čulig, Ph.D., prim.dr.med.

Professional title upon graduation:  professional baccalaureus/baccalaurea engineer of optometry

Abbreviation: bacc. ing. opt.

Type of study: full-time and part-time study

The study programme of Optometry is intended for persons who want to work in the area of optometry and eye optics. By completing the professional study programme of Optometry the students acquire knowledge and skills in optometric activities.

The professional competences: optical correction of refraction and other eye anomalies, independent determination and implementation of necessary eyeglasses, contact lenses and other visual aids, recognizing anomalies of the visual system, ergonomics of vision, counselling about proper use of spectacles and contact lenses and other visual aids

General competences: independent managing of eye optics and optometrist shop activities, marketing, keeping finances, application of legal regulations in the area of eye optics, organisation and implementation of the measures of security at work and protection of environment related to the activities in compliance with the valid EU and Croatian standards and laws, general knowledge in the area of eye diagnostic.

Level Dublin Descriptors Learning Outcomes


Knowledge and understanding

  1. Recognize the need of lifelong learning and acquiring new technologies;
  2. Understand the principle of operation of optical elements of physical optics;
  3. Identify the basic physical concepts;
  4. Understand the operation principle of single optical and optometric instruments;
  5. Understand the properties of materials relevant when selecting the optimal material and technologies;
  6. Define and distinguish types of optical materials regarding their structure, properties and application;
  7. Recognize parts of human body;
  8. Connect the recognized human body parts and their functions;
  9. Indicate anatomic parts of the eye;
  10. Describe the functions of single anatomic eye parts;


Implementation of knowledge and understanding

  1. Show ethical and professional responsibility;
  2. Use of English in reading professional literature and professional communications;
  3. Apply the acquired knowledge about technology of materials and connect these with the requirements for a selected product and production process;
  4. Develop a useful plan of checking the customer’s eyesight based on the anamnesis and previous tests;
  5. Centre the spectacle glasses and forecast individual deviations from the rule;
  6. Detect indirectly the abnormal conditions of optical media of the eye and the most common lesions of the retina and optic nerve with the application of functional tests;
  7. Identify eye diseases that affect eyesight and visual acuity;
  8. Use the learned communication skills in the business environment;
  9. Compare, develop and apply the learned communication skills in everyday and business life;
  10. Apply computer applications and network services in business, communication of ideas, solving professional problems and working on and performing presentations;


Making conclusions and judgements

  1. Compare the efficiency and effect of various optical aids and instruments;
  2. Compare the efficiency of different optical and optometric instruments in single measurements;
  3. Analyse problems of vision and suggest corrective solutions;
  4. Assess and rank the abnormal conditions of the eye according to severity and if necessary send to further processing;
  5. Propose adequate contact lenses, plan and design the plan of usage, cleaning, disinfection and maintenance;
  6. Analyse the anterior eye segment by means of a slitlamp and relate to problems that the contact lens wearer may have;
  7. Analyse the harmfulness and danger at workplace of the optometrist and define measures for their elimination;
  8. Distinguish the physiological state from the pathological changes in the eye;
  9. Isolate changes in the eye that require a check and monitoring by an ophthalmologist;
  10. Relate the acquired knowledge from the professional ethics with optometric practice;


Communicating attitudes, ideas, problems, and solutions

  1. Express one’s problems, attitudes, ideas, solutions, and projects through public presentation;
  2. Suggest solutions within teamwork and discuss about them;
  3. Identify and apply the rules of business etiquette in relation to clients and collaborators;


Developed learning skills

  1. Use professional literature and search of available information bases and knowledge bases (libraries, e-libraries, Internet);
  2. Use of electronic methods for teaching and self-study (e-learning).



Obligatory courses:

Elective courses:

Stress psychology (2+1)
Fundamentals of law and legal regulations (2+1)
Protection at work (2+1)
Quality assurance and control (2+1)
Ethics in optics (2+0)
Communicology (2+1)
Psycho-physiology of work (2+1)
Computer science II (2+1)
Production engineering (2+1)
Management and entrepreneurship (2+1)
University of Applied Health Sciences in Zagreb:
Fundamentals of research and statistics (2+2)
Biochemistry (2+2)
Healthcare psychology (1+1)
Health care (3+0)
Psychological development of humans (2+1)
Neurology (2+0)College of Occupational Safety in Zagreb:
Vocational psychology (2+2)
Physical harmfulness (3+3)
Occupational health (3+2)