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The College is pleased to announce that a new CPD course - Introduction to OCT - is now available to College members.


This in-person peer review in Belfast is free of charge for College members and will cover your peer review CPD requirement, offering 3 CPD points.


Maintaining and improving your professional skills and knowledge is essential for providing high quality care for patients and raising professional standards. The College provides the support you need at every stage of your career. We help you plan and undertake continuing professional development (CPD) activities and achieve your full potential.

This recorded webinar by Dr Benjamin Wakerley gives an overview of different types of headache and how they present, with particular focus on migraine headaches.

Reflective practice is an integral of the General Optical Council’s (GOC) continuous professional development (CPD) requirements. What is it and how can you do it? Andy Miller, the College’s Head of Post Registration Education, is on hand to explain…

Acuity is our award winning professional development journal. It’s available in printed and digital formats and packed with news and analysis from across your profession, and CPD articles to help you stay ahead in your career.

The Multifocal Challenge - on managing presbyopes, to cover how to perfect multifocal fitting, ocular changes of the ageing eye, and perfecting communication.

This online CPD course will guide you through the NICE recommended classification of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), risk factors, guidance on when to refer and when to manage in practice.


This recorded webinar delivered by Wai Siene Ng primarily covers a summary of Royal College of Ophthalmologists guidelines on primary angle closure disease management.

In this recorded webinar, Dr Gordon Hay discusses true ocular emergencies and provides optometrists with clear guidance on how to make clear and effective referrals to eye casualty.

This online CPD course follows an optometrist while they examine four children of differing ages being managed in practice for a variety of binocular vision anomalies.

This online training course contains a filmed case study which shows you how to audit the content and efficacy of prescription writing.

This online training course contains a filmed case study that shows you how to carry out an audit.

This online CPD course helps optometrists practise making clinical decisions, covering a range of topics and clarify when to refer patients and the level of urgency of referrals.

In this recorded webinar, Ali Yagan helps you identify the features of true optic nerve swelling, decide if it is unilateral or bilateral, undertake a differential diagnosis, and recognise when patients need to be managed as an emergency.

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, College Clinical Adviser, presents key information and scenarios on consent.

This online course helps you practise a range of communication skills that are required for patient consultations, including listening, involving patients in decision making, breaking bad news and handling complaints.

We can help you plan and undertake continuing professional development (CPD) activities to gain your all-important points and achieve your full potential.

This online CPD course is for optometrists who would like to know more about diabetic retinopathy but are not already involved in diabetic screening.

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Kam Balaggan, gives an online presentation focusing on the risk factors of retinal detachment and PVD, as well as the systematic approach to the assessment and management of the patient who presents with flashes and floaters.

High quality video and audio learning with CPD points for all fully qualified optometrists.

This recorded webinar by Simon Frackiewicz MCOptom gives you an overview of the anatomy of the cranial nerves involved in ocular motility and their surrounding structures, and will show how the common causes of nerve palsy arise.

Make your history taking effective with this online course which will help you identify areas where you can improve your routine and your clinician-patient experience.

In this recorded webinar lecture Wendy Newsom covers all aspects of how to communicate effectively when referring a patient.

This online course is aimed at newly qualified optometrists and optometrists returning to work. It will take you through the stages of an eye examination looking at ways you can maximise your communication skills.

Dr Simon Frackiewicz MCOptom covers some practical advice for optometrists to help regain confidence in binocular vision, which may have been affected by the altered ways of working during the pandemic.

This online CPD course will guide you through a series of example referral letters, from the perspective of the person who receives them in the hospital eye service.

In this recorded webinar, consultant ophthalmologist, Damian Lake, discusses the key points of keratoconus for optometrists.

This online CPD course will help you make decisions when faced with complex issues and helps you communicate your findings and management plans effectively.

In this recorded webinar, Dr Dan Rosser MCOptom describes two common laser interventions for glaucoma and related conditions: laser peripheral iridotomy and selective laser trabeculoplasty.

Leon Au covers the latest on glaucoma in this three part video which presents treatments, therapies and surgery techniques.

This recorded webinar by Paddy Gunn offers a series of challenging cases from patients seen in the glaucoma service at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

This online course for pre-reg optometrists includes a range of activities around the types of patient which you could expect to see in a contact lens clinic within the HES.

This online course for pre-reg trainees covers how patients with diabetes are managed both in practice, by the Diabetic Eye Screening Programmes and within the HES.

This online course covers the emergency eye services clinic portion of the pre-reg trainee HES experience.

This online course covers the glaucoma clinic portion of the pre-reg trainee HES experience.

This online course is an interactive half-day session for pre-registration optometrists who have been unable to complete their hospital eye service (HES) placement.

This online course for pre-reg optometrists covers the roles of the members of a hospital eye department and how these could change in the future.

This online course for pre-reg optometrists presents a number of patient cases illustrating a range of neurological symptoms.

This online course covers the paediatric clinic portion of the pre-reg Hospital Eye Service experience.

This online course for pre-reg trainees covers the pathologies treated in a medical retina clinic including AMD and other macula pathology.

In this recorded webinar by Kate Powell MCOptom you will learn how to recognise the features of diabetic retinopathy and how to manage patients.

Improve your skills and knowledge in diagnosis and patient management on this online CPD course for independent prescribing optometrists.

You will be given four different patient cases covering a range of pathologies, including cataract post-surgery and contact lens wearers. This online CPD course aims to improve your skills and knowledge in patient management.

In this online CPD course for optometrists you will be given the background to four patients and will complete a series of activities related to each case.

This updated online CPD course covers a range of IP cases and is designed to improve your knowledge and skills in diagnosing, treating and managing patients.

In this recorded webinar, Polly Dulley MCOptom provides advice on how to interpret the OCT results of several patients with common ocular pathologies and how to differentiate normal from abnormal.


The GOC's continuing professional development (CPD) scheme awards its registrants points for doing activities which improve their practice and develop their skills. Optometrists must complete all GOC CPD requirements in order to remain on the GOC register.

This online CPD course is for optometrists who are new to Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and those wanting to understand how to use OCT scans for clinical investigations.


This online CPD course will guide you in making clinical decisions for your patients with neuro-ophthalmological signs and symptoms.

Professor Kathryn Saunders FCOptom and Dr Sara McCullough MCOptom cover the most recent findings from the Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) Study and how it can help you identify children at risk of future myopia.

This recorded webinar lecture examines the epidemiology, presentation, diagnosis, management and long term outlook for eye allergic disease of all severities.

This recorded keynote lecture by Dr Rowan Candy MCOptom focused on young children who are at risk for strabismus and amblyopia. Dr Candy reviews the refractive and ocular motor development of infants and pre-schoolers in the context of clinical assessment and care.

In this recorded lecture, Professor Bruce Evans FCOptom highlights the role of practitioners in providing eye care for children and aims to improve members' confidence in managing these cases whilst stressing the need for practitioners to be aware of their limitations.

This recorded webinar presented by Kam Balaggan, covers essential ocular anatomy and OCT interpretation, focusing on the salient clinical and OCT features of all common vitreomacular disorders.

An expert panel from the College and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists discuss how to have confidence in managing difficult conversations with patients.

Mental Health Counsellor David Beeney looks at how you can assess your own mental health and improve your levels of personal resilience during challenging times, as well as spotting the signs that a colleague maybe suffering with poor mental health.

Mr Gus Gazzard from Moorfields Eye Hospital presents information on current surgical treatments for glaucoma and how new 'Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery' (MIGS) differ from previous treatments.

This recorded webinar delivered by Michelle Hanratty will help you determine when to manage or monitor a patient’s condition and when to refer for further investigation or management.

Moving on with OCT is an intermediate-level course and the second part of the OCT series. It is suitable for those with a basic understanding of OCT.


This online course is for experienced supervisors who have already completed the Supervisor Training course.

This online course for optometrists covers aspects of myopia and risk factors for progression in children.

Dr Nicola Logan MCOptom discusses current evidence for myopia management treatments in this recorded webinar. Topics include orthokeratology, soft CE marked myopia-control contact lenses, and Atropine eye drops.

Watch optometrist Polly Dulley discuss various cases on this online course. This CPD course includes OCT images, treatment and management options.


This second online CPD course on OCT will help develop further your ability to interpret OCT images and decide on the appropriate action for patients.


In this online CPD course, Thurka Sivapalan MCOptom covers the basic principles of OCT to help diagnose, monitor, and manage glaucoma-related conditions in community practice and in hospitals.

In this recorded webinar, Rebekka Heitmar MCOptom covers basic OCT terminologies and their interpretations, explores different scan types, and provides an overview of the most common abnormalities that optometrists encounter.


In this online course you will analyse video extracts of optometrists giving OCT results to a patient. Activities will enable you to reflect on your own experience of effective communication with your patients.


Use our online resources and materials to support your continuing professional development and earn essential CPD points.

Optometry in Practice (OiP), the College’s quarterly CPD journal, covers the latest research, analysis and opinion from your profession, and provides up to 4 CPD points.

This recorded webinar by Professor Bruce Evans FCOptom will help you diagnose binocular vision anomalies and identify those that can be treated by an optometrist, those that need referral or do not require treatment.

This online CPD course will help you with management decisions when retinal lesions are identified by both fundus examination and optical coherence tomography (OCT).

This online CPD course will help you with management decisions when retinal lesions are identified by both fundus examination and optical coherence tomography (OCT).

This online CPD course will extend your knowledge and scope of practice in contact lens practice and pave the way towards a College-accredited higher qualification.

Discussing real life case studies is a great way to learn from each other’s experiences, improve your communication and decision-making skills, and gain CPD points. You can join a College-facilitated peer review, or arrange your own peer discussion using our resources.

Kam Balaggan covers all important peripheral disorders and their management in this recorded webinar.

This online CPD course will provide you with an understanding of different techniques that can be used to assess the vision of very young children and children with learning disabilities.

A collection of online resources on key clinical skills for pre-registration optometrists.

This online course helps pre-registration trainees refresh their skills in effective history and symptoms recording, and manage patient communications.

Online course for pre-registration optometrists to ensure they comply with the legal, ethical and professional aspects of practice.

This online CPD course will help you consider the advice you give patients about products and treatments.

Accredited Level 2 online course, introducing pre-registration trainees to the key issues they need to be aware of when working with adults at risk.

Accredited Level 2 course, introducing pre-registration trainees to the key issues they need to be aware of when working with children.

In this recorded webinar, Katie Harrop MCOptom introduces you to the use of scleral lenses for the normal or regular eye and the benefits and limitations of using them.

In this recorded webinar Mr Raj Das-Bhaumik, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, discusses how to investigate suspicious lumps and bumps on the eyelids in optometric practice.

This online CPD course must be completed by principal supervisors before they begin supervising a trainee and will benefit anyone thinking of becoming a supervisor.

This recorded webinar includes real case examples of patients who attended a large ophthalmic emergency department and includes the importance of history taking. Diagnosis is not always what you would expect.

The recorded webinar by Dr Manbir Nagra MCOptom covers a summary of recent developments in the field of contact lenses and considers the groundwork required to ensure optometrists are prepared for the expected changes.

This recorded webinar by Mr Kam Balaggan covers urgent vitreoretinal conditions and complex cataract surgery, including epiretinal membrane, macular hole and/or eye floater surgery, retinal detachment surgery, and either complex cataract surgery.

Professor Sir Colin Blakemore discusses the possible brain mechanisms for interpreting stereoscopic cues and perspective in this video recording.

Richard Haynes looks at common vitreoretinal disorders in this three part video.

This recorded webinar delivered by Suzanne Fraser MCOptom and Cathy Williams will help you understand how to assess a child with learning difficulties and the process of taking a relevant history.

This video lecture updates you on the current evidence for myopia management treatments, including orthokeratology, soft myopia-management contact lenses, and atropine eye drops.

Professor Ed Mallen MCOptom discusses the findings from the part College-funded Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) Study and how it can help you talk to children at risk of myopia and their parents.

This recorded webinar by Mr Rhys Harrison reviews cases of urgent referral to the hospital eye service. It is directed at community optometrists assessing patients and how to identify patients requiring urgent referral.

In this recorded webinar, Michael Horler FCOptom uses real patient cases to give optometrists a greater understanding of how to interpret an OCT scan and how to recognise some common ocular conditions.

This online CPD course helps you improve your knowledge and skills in managing public health issues that affect your patients: dementia, falls and depression.