Advanced Clinical Ophthalmic Care - contact lenses
The Course aim
This programme prepares students in the development of a detailed knowledge of contact lens design, fitting of RGPs, fitting patients with regular and irregular astigmatism and
dealing with presbyopia. The programme further develops skills in detecting change in clinical status and decision-making in patients wishing to wear or wearing contact lenses.
The curriculum for the qualifications will be based on the College of Optometrists Higher Qualifications.
Following completion of the programme, students should have the skills and knowledge to have:
- a detailed knowledge of lens design and manufacture for RGP and hydrogel contact
- lenses, including verification
- an ability to fit and assess a range of RGP lens designs
- an ability to fit a range contact lenses to correct regular and irregular astigmatism,
- such as early keratoconus
- an ability to fit a range of contact lenses to correct presbyopia
- an understanding of myopia control and orthokeratology
- an ability to provide ongoing management and advice for maintaining healthy contact
- lens wear
- an ability to detect, assess and manage the impact of contact lens complications on
- the anterior eye
- an ability to manage the dry eye in contact lens practice
- a detailed knowledge of currently available contact lens care products and ocular
- an ability to produce a comprehensive contact lens record
- an ability to communicate effectively with contact lens patients, fellow professionals
- and contact lens manufacturers and suppliers
- a detailed knowledge of current legislation and guidelines in contact lens practice.
WHAT ROUTES CAN I TAKE?
The courses have been designed so that students will have the option of tailoring the education to their needs. Two routes will therefore be offered:
Route 1 College of Optometrists Higher Qualification Includes the course and assessments, students will gain:
- The College of Optometrists
- Higher Qualification and affix
- CET points
Optometrists working at this level should:
possess a minimum of a BSc(Hons) in Optometry or equivalent be a GOC registered Optometrist
have a minimum of 2 years’
Route 2 Professional Development Course (suitable for appropriate eye care professionals)
Includes course attendance (online and face to face component) but no assessments.
UK Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians will gain CET points only.
ROUTE 1 (College of Optometrists Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses)
£1500.00 introductory rate until September 2019
£1200.00 course fee +£300.00 assessment fee
Route 2 (Proffefional Development Course)
For further details and registration, contact:
Clinical queries only:
Miss Judith Morris (Module lead) - firstname.lastname@example.org
General queries and registration:
Mr Azhar Aziz (Programme Administrator) - email@example.com