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

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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City, University of London

Entry requirements: GOC-registered optometrist

Course length: Three months with up to 24 months to complete logbook/case records

Course delivery:  Online learning plus self-directed study, three face-toface days (inc lectures and workshops), log book /case records from practice

Placement: No

Assessment:  Written assessment (inc MCQ and written report) , practical assessment (OSCE), submission of log book / case records from practice

Masters level credits: 30

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Moorfields Eye Hospital/University College London (accreditation pending)

Please note this course is not currently accredited and reaccreditation is pending.

Entry requirements: GOC-registered optometrist

Course length: One year 

Course delivery: 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: No placement

Assessment:  Written assessment (inc online MCQ, PMCS plus submission of case portfolio from placement), practical assessment (OSCE, 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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