Ophthalmic Course for Community Pharmacists

Many A&E departments are faced with the challenge of coping with a rapid rise in demand for ophthalmic emergency care. Community pharmacists play a vital role in screening patients, providing advice and first-line management when appropriate, as well as referring patients to hospital care. They also play a vital role in providing the eye drop counselling such as indications, instillation technique and side effects when they dispense both over the counter and prescribed eye drops.

This course aims to give the community pharmacists the knowledge, skills and confidence in evaluating and where appropriate managing a range of common ophthalmic conditions presented to them.

Course Structure

This course is a short evening course (18:00 to 20:30 UK time) taking place live online. You will learn through curated case studies which mimic your day-to-day clinical practice. The course will be interactive, with plenty of opportunity for questions. The evening will be recorded and the recording will be made available along with supporting handouts to solidify your learning. 

Featured Topics
  • Basic ocular anatomy
  • Blepharitis
  • Dry eyes self-care
  • Allergic eye disease self-care
  • Conjunctivitis – including viral, precautions for pharmacists
  • Episcleritis and scleritis
  • Corneal injury
  • Contact lens wearers
  • Stye/Chalazion
  • Glaucoma Drops and side effects
  • Compliance and drop techniques
Who is this course for?

This is a unique course targeted specifically at community pharmacists.


In order to take part in the course you will need access to a computer (laptop or desktop) with a webcam and microphone and a stable broadband connection.

CPD Certification

CPD points will be applied for and a certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.

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Date Location Time Seats Price
16/11/2022 Live online 18:00 to 20:30 UK time £120.00

Taught by


Johnson Yan Ning Neo

Yan Ning (or Johnson as he prefers to be called), is a senior ophthalmology registrar, training to become a consultant eye surgeon. He currently works across sites at Western Eye Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Moorfields Eye Hospital. Johnson is passionate about population health and ways to overcome inequality access to health care. He is particularly interested in preventable causes of visual impairment and health promotion. His research on whole population visual screening during his academic foundation years has influenced how childhood visual screening is conducted in England. Johnson has a strong track record in leading quality improvement projects that have improved patient care locally and regionally. He was awarded the coveted Health Education England KSS School of Ophthalmology Leadership Prize for four consecutive years. He is a board-certified fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, European Board of Ophthalmologists and Higher Education Academy UK.