UKZN Optometry

UKZN Optometry, The discipline of Optometry runs an in-house clinic which is open to the public.  The clinic operates through appointments, since it only operates during academic periods (as per the students’ timetable). The purpose of the clinic is to provide clinical training to senior under-graduate students (level 3 and level 4 students).
The eye-test is free if the patient opts to take spectacles, contact lenses, or low vision devices.  Prescriptions are dispensed at a minimal fee, (that is if the patient wishes to have their spectacles made privately).
We also run a community eye-clinic at St Mary’s Eye-clinic in Marianhill.  The operational procedure is similar to the on campus clinic.
Other community clinics which our students attend for clinical training include the Phelophepa Health Care Train, as well as smaller communities within the Durban catchment area.
General vision screening, and school vision screening is also carried out by our students as requested by NGOs and schools.  However, this is also accommodated for only during academic periods depending on the availability of our students.

Vision and Mission
Our vision is to provide quality, relevant, vision and eye health education programmes
Mission and goals:

  • To establish and maintain high standards of optometric education & training.
  • To ensure that the programmes offered produce graduates with knowledge, skills and competencies that are both locally relevant and internationally competitive.
  • To apply the core principles of transformation in discipline activities, programmes and action plans.
  • To engage in strategic community partnerships towards the integration of social accountability into the entire programme.
  • To produce high quality and essential national eye health research that contributes towards the elimination of avoidable blindness and promotes an improved quality of life of the communities our graduates are mandated to serve.
  • To be at the forefront of cutting edge eye care technological advancements and new information generation.
  • To produce graduates with the core values and ethical standards needed to serve individuals and communities equitability with compassion, respect and competence.
Acts on Optometry
Acts pertaining to the profession of optometry

  1. The following acts are hereby specified as acts which shall for the purposes of the Act be deemed to be acts pertaining to the profession of optometry: (1)  The performance of eye examinations on patients with the specific purpose of detecting visual errors in order  to provide clear, comfortable and effective vision;

(2)    the correction of errors of refraction and related factors by the provision of spectacles and/or lenses and/or spectacle frames and/or contact lenses and/or the maintenance thereof, or by any means other than surgical procedures;
(3)    the use of scheduled substance which is approved by the Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians and the Medicines Control Council and subject to the –
(a)            conditions determined by the Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians and the Medicines Control Council;
(b)            provisions of the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act, 1965 (Act No. 101 of 1965); and
(c)            person practising the profession of optometry being in possession of a permit issued in terms of section 22A (12) of the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act, (Act No. 101 of 1965), to acquire, possess and use the specified Schedule 1, Schedule 2, Schedule 3 or Schedule 4 substances for diagnosis purposes.

Services Offered
Low Vision / Sub-normal Vision:
a) Assessment of provision of Low vision devices to patients whose vision cannot be improved with spectacles, contact lenses, medication or surgery.
b) Aids provided include : Magnifiers, Telemicroscopes, Microscopes, Loupe magnifiers, Mobility devices, etc.
Paediatric Optometry / Children’s Vision:
a) Specialised techniques and tests for children including objective VA assessments, Objective refraction techniques, Perceptual skills assessment, etc.
Binocular Vision / Orthoptic Clinic:
a) Orthoptic training, eg. :
i) Anti-suppression therapy
ii) Accommodation therapy
iii) Convergence therapy
iv) Occlusion therapy, etc.
Contact Lens Assessment:
a) Keratoconic fitting
b) Soft lens fitting
c) Rigid lens fitting
General Clinic Assessment:
a) Vision testing & Dispensing of spectacles
Visual Fields:

a) Automated Visual Field Analysis
Colour Vision Assessment:
a) Farnsworth Munsell D15 and 100 Hue
Corneal Topography:

a) Assessment of corneal curvature.
a) Intra-ocular pressures (Glaucoma screening).
Where Can Optometrists Work?
Optometrists Work:

  • Government hospitals and clinics
  • Private practice.
  • Universities as lecturers, researchers and clinical preceptors
  • Department of health in health management positions
  • Optical companies and laboratories

Contact Us

Chetty Vanessa

Phone: 031 260 8833
Hlongwa Nokuthula

Phone: 031 260 7950
Ms Phindile Nene

Phone: 031 260 8833
Phone: 031 260 8280
Ms Thulisile Khumalo

Phone: 031 260 7906