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Practicing Optometry in Malaysia

Regulation of optometry in Malaysia

Registration of optometrists
All optometrist in Malaysia must be registered with the Malaysian Optical Council. It is illegal for an unregistered person (other than a medical practitioner) to practise optometry in Malaysia.

Scope of practice

Malaysian optometrists’ basic range of clinical skills and procedures include:

  • Refraction: Measuring the optics of the eye
  • Binocular vision tests: Testing the co-ordination of the two eyes as a team
  • Ophthalmoscopy: Internal examination of the eye for eye disease
  • Slit lamp biomicroscopy: External, detailed examination of the eye
  • Tonometry: Measuring the pressure of the eyeball
  • Optical Dispensing: Supply and management of spectacles and contact lens

Optometrists also develop and implement ways to protect workers’ eyes from occupational eye strain or injury. Other specialist areas include:

  • contact lenses;
  • colour vision; and
  • vision therapy.