About the Programme

This programme was introduced in keeping with the World Health Organisation’s strategic plan for Vision 2020: THE RIGHT TO SIGHT, a global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness.

The Optometry programme has been running successfully since 2009 and has produced many cohorts of graduates who are all employed. Our programme is based on the General Optical Council (UK) module which is recognised and taught at all UK Optometry Schools. We are presently on the verge of becoming a School within the FMS fold.

We are also planning and designing a post graduate programme with our foreign partners in the UK and USA which is expected to be rolled out in 2019.

Locally we are working with the government of Trinidad and Tobago to introduce Optometry services in all the major hospitals and with the Trinidad and Tobago Blind Welfare Association to develop a Guide Dog protocol, and also treating their low vision clients.

Duration of Study

Four (4) years. This is Full Time only, which includes a clinical intern rotation year, and at the end of which a B.Sc Optometry degree is conferred by the university.

General Requirements

Applicants for admission to this course of study will be required to satisfy the minimum standards for entry to the degree programme as set out by the University Regulations governing matriculation as well as the specific requirements of the Faculty.


Admission Requirements

Special Requirements

Open to applicants who fulfil the following requirements:

  • Passes at CSEC (CXC) in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at General Proficiency level (Grades I - II pre-1998 and Grades I-III from June 1998) or GCE O’level (BGCSE) or equivalent qualifications.
  • THREE 2-unit subjects at CAPE Units 1 & 2 at Grade II or better or GCE A’level or approved equivalent. Subjects must include both Physics and Chemistry.


An appropriate Associate Degree or equivalent certification with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent from a recognised tertiary level institution.


Any other appropriate combination of qualifications and experience acceptable to the Faculties of Science & Agriculture and Medical Sciences.

Application Procedure

Visit https://sta.uwi.edu/admissions for instructions on how to apply online or on paper (application fee applies).


Academic Staff

Dr Jan Bohringer
Programme Coordinator

Dr. Subash Sharma
Clinical Coordinator

Dr. John Randall
Senior lecturer

Mr. Niall Farnon

Ms. Soma Ramsundar
P/T Demonstrator

Ms. Charis-Ann Ricketts
P/T Demonstrator

Mr. Kareem Marcelle
P/T Demonstrator

Mr. Philip Rossouw
P/T Clinical Assistant

Mahesh Joshi

Vitrana Sankar
P/T Demonstrator

Emma Mason
P/T Demonstrator

Seante Sawh
P/T Demonstrator

Kirsten Sylvester
P/T Demonstrator

Arielle Seepersad
P/T Demonstrator


Contact Us

For Further Information

The Office of the Dean                                                    

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Tel: 1 (868) 645-3232 ext.5022, 5026

Fax: 1 (868)663-9836 | Email: deanfms@sta.uwi.edu



Our Secretariat

UWI Optometry

Gordon Street, St. Augustine

Ms. Shervette Bray-Lawrence (Secretary)

Tel: 1(868) 225-1014

Fax:1(868) 225-1676 | Email: shervette.bray@sta.uwi.edu  

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