About National Institute of Ophthalmic Sciences
The National Institute of Ophthalmic Sciences (NIOS) is the academic arm of The Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital (THONEH). The institute was set up in 1997 under the auspices of THONEH in line with its objective of providing education and research programmes to enhance the development of quality and excellence in continuing medical education, thereby providing better quality eye-care in the country and region from time to time. The I\institute consists of three schools, namely:
- School of Ophthalmic Medical Personnel
- School of Optometry
- School of Post-Graduate Studies and Research
The School of Ophthalmic Medical Personnel provides training programmes which lead to the certification of Certified Ophthalmic Nurses and Technicians to assist Ophthalmologists in providing quality care for Ophthalmic patients in the Hospital and for the community at large. The course is designed along the syllabus of Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), USA.
The School of Optometry, recognising the need for qualified Optometrists both in the Malaysia & ASEAN region, is offering a degree course leading to a Bachelor of Science in Optometry (B.S.Optometry) in collaboration with the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India. The B.S. Optometry course is a four year full-time programme leading to a degree of Bachelor of Science in Optometry.
The School of Post Graduate Ophthalmic Studies and Research has accreditation by Royal College of Ophthalmology in London, Royal College of Ophthalmology in Edinburgh and Royal College of Ophthalmology in Glasgow whereby the School using their facilities of the Hospital and the Institute trains Medical Officers both local and from overseas in courses leading to the degrees of Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmology, London (FRCS Lon), Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmology, Edinburgh (FRCS Edinburgh) and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmology, Glasgow (FRCS Glasgow). Undergraduates in medicine can be trained to specialise in Ophthalmology under the programme. The School also has a number of research projects currently being carried out both locally and regionally through the ASEAN Association of Eye Hospitals
The Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital (THONEH) is a non-profit, non-government, charitable hospital established by the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) for the prevention and treatment of diseases of the eye since 1986. THONEH is a company registered in Malaysia limited by guarantee. THONEH is committed to providing comprehensive state-of-art professional services (diagnostic, curative, preventive and rehabilitative) in the nature of eye care for all strata of Malaysian Society, develop quality educational and research programmes and provide community based eye care services. THONEH is well staffed with qualified and experienced doctors, including 15 Ophthalmologists who are experts in various subspecialties in Ophthalmology. There are 5 Optometrists in the Vision Care Centre with a wide range of experience including Low Vision.