Upon completion of the course, you should be able to demonstrate:
- an ability to take a comprehensive ophthalmic history in a patient with established glaucoma
- an understanding of the use of perimetric techniques for the assessment of a patient with diagnosed glaucoma
- an ability to detect disease progression by observation of the optic nerve head/nerve fibre layer and/or results of imaging/functional tests
- an ability to monitor the response to treatment and modify the management plan if necessary
- an understanding of the pharmacology, cautions, contraindications, interactions and side effects of anti-glaucoma medication
- an understanding of the indications for, techniques, expected outcomes and complications of laser therapies and surgical interventions used in the management of glaucoma and its related conditions
Virtual taught component
This will include virtual lessons, self-test activities, formative assessments and forum discussions. The virtual component will be delivered in the form of ten units of interactive lessons. You will have approximately four months to complete this component.
At the end of each unit, you will be expected to carry out a self-test assessment or activity to reinforce what has been learned in that particular unit for which there will be instant feedback.
In addition to this, you will be required to research three assignments during the three months (including one case study) which will be discussed during the face to face days. You will be expected to spend approximately 10 hours a week studying the virtual component.
Face to face lectures, tutorials, patient observation clinics and peer review discussions to engage in conceptual thinking in the classroom with the guidance of teachers will form the content of the face to face days.
This will be undertaken over two days after the virtual component. Clinical decision making and formulating management plans will be the main focus of the face to face days.
You will then get 4-6 weeks after the face to face days to revise what you have learned during the virtual component and face to face days before undertaking the summative assessments.