Further qualification in optometry

Sonija

Faculty: Science & Technology
Course: BOptom (Hons) Optometry
Category: Vision and hearing sciences

18 May 2018

Once you're registered as an optometrist, you can study for further qualifications, develop your interest in specialist areas, and take on more responsibility.

A higher qualification can improve your skill set and help you in day-to-day practice. It gives you chances to do more work and equips you to work in community schemes. 

There are several courses that you can take, and you apply through tThe College of Optometrists.

Contact Lens Practice Qualification

This course gives you an in-depth and systematic understanding of specialist contact lens fitting. It includes regular and irregular astigmatism, presbyopia, myopia control and orthokeratology.

You will learn how to manage and give advice for maintaining healthy contact lens wear and complications. It can improve your knowledge and skills and prepare you to provide an enhanced standard of contact lens care, in hospitals and the community. 

After the course, you'll be able to produce a comprehensive contact lens record, and communicate effectively with contact lens wearers – especially children and young people.

Providers of the Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice are:

  • Aston University
  • City, University of London
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital/University College London.

Glaucoma

This course provides professionals with knowledge about the pathogenesis and diagnostic skills for detection. After this training, healthcare practitioners should be able to monitor patients with diagnosed ocular hypertension (OHT) or suspected glaucoma.

Providers of the Professional Certificate in Glaucoma are:

  • Cardiff University
  • City, University of London
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital/University College London
  • Ulster University
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Manchester/Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

Providers of Professional Higher Certificate in Glaucoma are:

  • Cardiff University
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital/University College London
  • University of Bradford.

Providers of the Professional Diploma in Glaucoma are:

  • Cardiff University
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital/University College London.

Low Vision

This course is designed for those who wish to build on their knowledge and practical skills to provide low vision service in the community. You'll gain up-to-date knowledge in holistic low-vision care.

Providers of the Professional Certificate in Low Vision are:

  • Cardiff University
  • City, University of London
  • Ulster University.
Provider of Professional Higher Certificate in Low Vision:
  • Cardiff University.

Medical Retina

Get knowledge of common medical retina conditions and more in-depth information on screening, referral and treatment with an emphasis on optical coherence tomography (OCT). 

After this training, optometrists will be able to make accurate and appropriate referral decisions for patients with medical retina conditions. It also allows them to work in photography-based diabetic retinopathy screening services.

Providers of Professional Certificate in Medical Retina are:

  • Cardiff University
  • City, University of London
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital/University College London
  • Ulster University.

Paediatric eye care

Designed for those who want to develop their skills and gain confidence in testing infants and children, in either community or hospital settings. This professional certificate supports optometrists to provide a high standard of eye care for child patients, including a systematic knowledge of paediatric visual problems, dispensing, colour vision, orthoptic anomalies and specific learning difficulties.

Providers of the Professional Certificate in Glaucoma are:

  • Cardiff University
  • City, University of London
  • Ulster University.

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