News and Events

‌The students and staff at DIT Optometry take part in various teaching and fundraising events throughout the academic year. 

From trips abroad to workshops to organising visits from our industrial partners there is always something going on. 

Here are just a few of the events we have organised and taken part in over the last couple of years.


Well done to 3rd year optometry students Daniel Laughlin, Emma Louise Chaney, Jennifer O'Neill and Gaganjote Uppal who represented TUDublin in the optoversity challenge competition, they did us proud.  The team came 3rd in the event hosted by Anglia Ruskin University. They missed second place by a single point. The overall winners were the home team from Anglia. (March 2019)

Congratulations to Chris Burke on winning the UK and Ireland Coopervision FORCE final in January 2019.

Chris will now go on to represent TU Dublin in the European final in May in Budapest.

Well done to Saoirse McCrann, a DIT Optometrist and PhD researcher, who was one of the first academics to appear on RTÉ Radio 1 program Brainstorm on Sunday, 2nd December 2018.

Saoirse talked about how the constant use of mobile phones, iPads, tablets and computers is causing short-sightedness and blurred vision, a topic which she covered in her Brainstorm article earlier this year

DIT Optometry have appointed their second ever adjunct Professor Jonathan Jackson, senior optometrist at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. Professor Jackson’s areas of particular interest are paediatric low vision and speciality contact lens fitting. He was Northern Ireland’s first ever hospital optometrist and is passionate about optometric involvement in the hospital system.
His inaugural lecture for DIT, on the future of hospital optometry, was held on Tuesday November 20th.

Congratulations to our graduates from DT219, Ophthalmic Dispensing, Sarah and Emma become our first graduates from the course.

They are pictued here, with Assistant Head of School Declan Hovenden, on their Graduation Day, October 13th 2018.


Thank you to Synergeyes for coming to DIT to run hybrid contact lens workshops for both qualified practitioners and final year BSc Optometry undergraduates. 

Clinicians and students alike feel a lot more confident about fitting these lenses now.
(Oct 2018)


A big thank you to Katie Harrop and James Proctor from No. 7 contact lens company for running a fantastic scleral lens workshop with our 4th years. Six patients with irregular corneas and high prescriptions are having trial pairs of the Comfort 15 lenses ordered for them. It was a great success. 

(Sept 2018)


Congratulations to the five final year BSc Optometry students who gave case study presentations at the COSI CPD day. Attendees were very impressed both by the students' knowledge and their excellent presenting skills. The students were: Jane Slevin, Deirdre O' Donnell, Zoe Mc Partlin, Seana Durey, Aoife O' Donnell.

(Sept 2018)

Pictured are a few of the eight BSc Optometry graduates who came in to talk to undergraduates in Sep 2018 about their careers since graduation. Graduates spoke abut opening their own independant practice, being one of the first optometrists in Ireland employed by the HSE, owning two Specsavers' franchises, working in New York and Australia, studying graduate medicine, lecturing in Trinidad and carrying out exciting new research. (Sept 2018)


On Thursday 12th April the School held its annual Prize Giving Ceremony.  Congratualtions to all of our students who took away awards. (Full list here)
Pictured is 2nd year Optometry student Aidan McConnon who won Overall Best Student in the School of Physics & Clinical & Optometric Sciences.


Congratulations to Bernadette Ross on being a runner-up in the Coopervision FORCE undergraduate research competition. Bernadette did a great job representing DIT.

She is pictured here with her project supervisor Orla Murphy.
(April 2018)



Congratulations to Final Year BSc Optometry undergraduate Lynn O'Mara for presenting the results of her group project's research at the Netherlands Contact Len Congress on Monday March 11th 2018. The other member's of her group were; Shannon Power and Darragh O'Donnell.


Congratulations to Claire Mc Donnell and the year two Ophthalmic Dispensing students on running a very successful peer discussion meeting for qualified practitioners. The attendees were very impressed with the students' efforts. (March 2018)

A big thank you to Alex Webster, Neil Harvey and Janis Quane from Alcon who ran a multifocal workshop with the third year BSc Optometry undergraduates on Friday January 26th. All nine patients who sat as volunteers were happy to start trialling lenses.

DIT held its annual Open Day on Friday/ Saturday December 1st and 2nd on our Aungier Street campus.  The Optometry Department was delighted to take part and have the opportunity to meet second level and mature students interested in a career in the health sciences. 
This year DIT introduced new sessions on topics like study skills and minding your mental health.


Pictured are Chris Burke the BCLA (British Contact Lens Association) student ambassador with Patrick Madden, speciality contact lens optometrist and BCLA member. Patrick gave a BCLA sponsored talk to 4th year students on his experiences with challenging and interesting speciality contact lens and prosthetic eye fitting. He also spoke to the students about how valuable he has found BCLA membership in terms of education and networking. (November 2017)

Thanks to Coopervision for delivering a toric contact lens workshop to DIT's 3rd year BSc Optometry undergraduates (October 2017). The students found it very interesting and a very patient Shail Patel stayed on to answer a lot of questions at the end of the workshop.

Pictured are Prof Asen Pashov, Mila Dragomirova and Nikolai Peev from the University of Sofia. They visited the School of Physics & Clinical & Optometric Sciences this week (October 2017) to see how the clinics were run in the National Optometry Centre and to discuss research collaborations

Pictured is clinic manager Declan Hovenden with Bausch and Lomb's Andrew Elder-Smith who came to DIT to do his third and (sadly) final scleral lens workshop with the final year BSc Optometry undergraduates. Seven different patients were seen in the workshop and the students found it really useful and interesting. We will really miss Andy's expertise and endless patience but we are looking forward to working with his new replacement. (September 2017)

Welcome to Nicole Arhens & the students of Berufsbildende Schulen des Landkreises Osnabrück. The students are final year dispensing optician apprentices in Germany. On September 28th 2017 they had the opportunity to view the optometry facilities in DIT and ask lots of questions. We wish them an enjoyable stay in Ireland and a safe trip home.


Thanks to Katie Harrop and James Proctor from No. 7 Contact Lens Company who delivered topography and orthokeratology workshops for clinic supervisors and final year BSc undergraduates on Sepember 21st/22nd 2017. Our volunteer student
Aoife O' Donnell tried the lenses out and after the first night's wear was delighted to have 6/6 vision in both eyes the following morning.


The ocularists Daniela Giacosa and Robin Brammar gave a fascinating talk this evening (September 20th 2017) to staff and students entitled "what an ocularist does". (They fit artificial eyes, if you were wondering). The audience were full of questions afterwards and Daniela very kindly brought along some artificial eyes for the students to have a look at.


Many thanks to all the DIT Optometry graduates who came in on September 18th (2017) to speak to the BSc Optometry undergraduates about all their experiences since graduating. The undergraduates found the talks really interesting and insightful. At the evening were: Anne-Ita Mc Hugh, Specsavers director in Bristol, Niall Farnon working in private practice in Trinidad and teaching at the University of the West Indies, Catriona Barrett, post-graduate researcher and lecturer in DIT, Ruth Ellard graduated from medicine and now training to be an ophthalmologist, Ken Murray, independant practice owner and Susan O' Shea, a sales representative for MDI medical and locum optometrist.



Congratulations to third year optometry student Chris Burke on becoming the new BCLA (British Contact Lens Association) student ambassador for DIT.

DIT's annual Sciences & Health and Engineering & Built Environment Open Day took place on Saturday 8th April 2017.

This was well attended by many students who have put STEM courses on their CAO forms.

Congratulations to Bernadette Ross from the optometry programme, on being chosen to represent DIT in the Coopervision FORCE (future ocular research creativity event) in the U.K. in January

A big thank you to Shail Patel and Megan Shallcross from Coopervision who came in to DIT at the end of January to facilitate a multifocal contact lens workshop with the third year BSc Optometry undergraduates. Eight patients were successfully fitted at the workshop and the students found the whole experience invaluable.


In January staff members Claire Mc Donnell & Veronica O'Dwyer traveled to Bulgaria with two final year BSc Optometry students, Michaela Doyle-Geary & Gemma Roche. In Sofia they met up with staff & students from Sofia University's optometry department. The group travelled together to a town called Sapareva Banya 80 kms south of Sofia. Over 3 days the staff & students screened and tested approximately 300 people (mainly children) who braved sub zero temperatures and driving snow to come and have an eye test. Our Bulgarian hosts were wonderful and we hope that the Bulgarians will make a return visit to Ireland in the future. This trip was made possible by the very generous sponsorship of all of the Specsavers Republic of Ireland branches.

DIT's annual Open Day will take place in Aungier Street on Friday December 2nd and Saturday December 3rd from 9am - 2pm.

This is an opportunity for prospective students to discover DIT for themselves, meet current students and staff as well as attend presentations. (Link)

Thanks to Andy Elder-Smith from Bausch and Lomb who ran two scleral lens fitting workshops recently in the National Optometry Centre - one for qualified practitioners and one for our final year undergraduates

Both sessions were very successful and two undergraduates were so impressed with the vision and comfort of the lenses that they are now being fitted with scleral lenses.  (November 2016)

Well done to our two second year dispensing students, Sarah and Emma, on successfully hosting a peer discussion meeting for ten registered dispensing opticians.

A big thank you to all those who came in, participated and supported the students.  (November 2016)

In October 2016 the inaugural undergraduate optics challenge event took place at Kevin Street DIT.

The event was won by "A Sight 4 Sore Eyes". 

Congratulations to the winners and well done to all who took part.

Congratulations to final year BSc Optometry Undergraduates Gemma Roche and Michaela Doyle-Geary on being selected to travel to Bulgaria with two staff members to connect with optometry staff and students from the University of Sofia. They will spend a week in Bulgaria screening and testing the vision of local schoolchildren. This project has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Republic of Ireland branches of Specsavers. (September 2016)


 The Irish Association of Dispensing Opticians will host a Continuing Education and Training Day on Sunday September 25th 2016.  Topics will include Assessing children’s vision, Dispensing for facial disfigurement & Facial measurements and regular bridge fitting


 Congratulations to 3rd year Optometry student Lucie Jones who, in May 2016, was invited to be the DIT student rep to the BCLA (British Contact Lens Association)



 The School of Physics had it's anual prize giving ceromony on April 13th and the Department of Optometry was well represented.  You can see our many prize winners here.

Each year, approximately 9000 CAO applicants include a preference for STEM subjects in DIT. On Saturday, 9th April, DIT hosted a special Open Day for students interested in programmes in Sciences and Health, Engineering and Built Environment.




 March 2016 saw the department launch it's new Graduate Mentor Program with an information evening



 In December 2015 the DIT hosted it's annual open day.  The Optometry team was there to answer any questions and to allow our new students an opportunity to meet current students and staff from all over the DIT, attend presentations and check out the facilities for their programme.



 In November some final year Optometry students took part in screenings for primary school pupils in the various national schools in Dublin 8.
Children who fail the screening are given a letter to take to their parents asking them to bring their child into DIT’s on-campus optometry clinic – the National Optometry Centre.




 Scleral lens fitting workshop took place this October for for 4th year Optometry students



 October 8th was World Sight Day and many of our Optometry and Dispensing students took part in some fundraising for Optometry Giving Sight (OGS).



 The Association of Optometrists Ireland hosted an information evening for students of both the Optometry Course and the Dispensing Course in September.


In September 2015 the Department of Optometry was delighted to welcome students to our new Ophthalmic Dispensing Programme DT219.

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