The Discipline of Optometry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal held a successful Instrument Day for their first, second and third year students at the Westville campus recently. ‘The main objective of this event is to invite optical companies to showcase their instruments especially those required by Optometry students. Some students don’t know where to source necessities like an ophthalmic instrument set. As a Discipline we have been hosting such exhibitions annually to facilitate the process of instrument acquisition for students.’ said Ms Naimah Ebrahim Khan, a Lecturer in the Discipline of Optometry. Most optometry students buy the essential equipment in second year and then add onto their set in stages as they progress to their final year.
Several optical companies showcased their ranges and instrument kits to students which gave students an opportunity to view an array of instruments and engage directly with the instrument suppliers. Students also enjoyed demonstrations where the functionality of these instruments was explained to students.
Thembinkosi Mthiyane, a second-year student in Optometry shared that normally, these instruments are very expensive and unaffordable at times but he is happy about this exhibition because it gives instrument companies price competition resulting in discounted rates for instruments kits, because students are able to engage with and negotiate with the suppliers.
‘One thing I like about this instrument fair is that I get to save travelling expenses to town, I have been saved the burden to go searching for suppliers that I don’t even know where they are situated. This exhibition brings every instrument I need to me at discounted student rates’, said Sphesihle Ntuli, a second year student in Optometry.