Higher qualifications in contact lens practice

These enable optometrists to provide an enhanced standard of care to patient with contact lenses.

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Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice (Higher Cert CL)

This qualification is ideal for those looking to boost their knowledge, skills and confidence in advising and managing patients who wear contact lenses. Topics covered include:

  • the design and manufacture of RGP and hydrogel contact lenses
  • fitting and assessing RGP lens designs
  • fitting contact lenses to control myopia and correct presbyopia and regular and irregular astigmatism, such as early keratoconus
  • detecting, managing and advising on dry eye and other contact lens-related complications of the anterior eye
  • current legislation and guidelines in contact lens practice. 

Learning outcomes 

Providers

Aston University (accreditation pending)

Entry requirements: GOC-registered optometrist, seeing contact lens patients regularly.

Course length: One year 

Course delivery: Online learning plus self-directed study, two practical workshop training days, log book/case records from practice

Placement: No placement

Assessment: Online written assessment (MCQ), case report and log book assessment,written theory-based class test, practical assessment (OSCE)

Masters level credits: 40

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Moorfields Eye Hospital/University College London

Entry requirements: GOC-registered optometrist

Course length: One year 

Next course start date / how often course runs: October 2020/run yearly

Course delivery method: Online learning and self-directed study, one day of workshops, lectures and case discussions, portfolio of case records from practice (taking 6-12 months to complete)

Placement: No placement

Assessment:  Written assessment (inc online MCQ, PMCS plus submission of case portfolio from work place), practical assessment (Station exam, PMCS and viva on case records)

Masters level credits: 30

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Professional Diploma in Contact Lens Practice (Dip CL)

This qualification builds on knowledge and skills GOC-registered optometrists have gained through the Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice so they can provide an enhanced standard of contact lens care in both a community and/or hospital setting. Topics include:

  • identifying and selecting the most appropriate lens for patients with complex refractive and clinical needs
  • assessing, fitting and managing specialist designs, including hybrids, mini-sclerals and sclerals
  • managing patients with advanced keratoconus in contact lens practice
  • assessing, fitting and managing children under 8 years of age with contact lenses
  • contact lens fitting following corneal and refractive treatments
  • investigating and managing anterior segment conditions related to contact lens wear
  • myopia control with contact lenses and orthokeratology

Learning outcomes

Providers

Moorfields Eye Hospital/University College London

Entry requirements: Prof Higher Cert Contact Lenses 

Course length: One year

Next course start date / how often course runs: October 2020/run yearly

Course delivery method: Online learning and self-directed study, two days of workshops, lectures and case discussions, portfolio of case records from practice (taking 6-12 months to complete)

Placement / portfolio: No placement

Assessment: Written assessment (inc online MCQ, PMCS plus submission of case portfolio from work place), practical assessment (Station exam, PMCS and viva on case records)

Masters level credits: 30

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Key 
KFS – key feature scenarios
MCQ - multiple choice questions 
OSCE - objective structured clinical examination
PMCS  - patient management case scenario
SAQ – short answer questions
VRICS -  visual recognition and interpretation of clinical signs 

 

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