Higher qualifications in medical retina

The College’s higher qualifications in medical retina prepare you to work, under supervision, in medical retina and AMD clinics and photography-based diabetic retinopathy screening services.

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Professional Certificate in Medical Retina (Prof Cert Med Ret)

This qualification provides community and hospital based optometrists with knowledge of common medical retina conditions needed to make accurate and appropriate referral decisions for patients with medical retina conditions and prepares them for supervised roles in medical retina, new patient triage clinics and AMD treatment-retreatment clinics.

Topics covered include:

  • risk factors, differential diagnosis and pathogenesis of retinal and macular pathology 
  • current treatments of medical retina disorders 
  • communication with patients 
  • OCT imaging and fundus photography 
  • fluorescein angiography, ICG angiography and autofluorescence. 
  • national diabetic retinopathy screening programmes
  • detecting and classifying diabetic retinal disease
  • acute macular and retinal pathology detection and management
  • current national referral guidelines and local referral pathways. 

Learning outcomes

Providers

Cardiff University

Entry requirements: GOC-registered optometrists 

Course length: One year

Course delivery: Online lectures, two days o tutorials

Placement: No

Assessment: Online coursework and exam, Practical assessment (OSCE) 

Masters level credits: 20

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City, University of London

Entry requirements: GOC-registered optometrists 

Course length: Three months  

Course delivery: Online lectures and self-directed study, three  days face-to-face (inc lectures, workshops, patient examinations and case discussion)

Placement: No

Assessment: Coursework, written assessment inc MCQ, VRICS, PMCS, practical assessment (OSCE)

Masters level credits: 15

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Moorfields Eye Hospital/University College London

Entry requirements: GOC-registered optometrists 

Course length: Four months  

Course delivery: Online learning and self-directed study, practical sessions inc  face-to-face lectures, patient observation sessions, tutorials, group case study discussions 

Placement: No

Assessment: Online self-testing, assignments, case study, written exams, OSCE 

Masters level credits: 15

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Ulster University

Entry requirements: GOC-registered optometrists 

Course length: Five months  

Course delivery: Online learning, hands-on experience in use of specialist equipment for retinal imaging at Cathedral Eye Clinic in Belfast.

Placement: No

Assessment: Written examination, online assessment, practice

Masters level credits: 15

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