Contact Lens Practice

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  Key facts: 

  • 40 masters level credits
  • Blended learning
  • Standalone module
  • Module code: OP4CLP

This course is for you if you are a clinician in the field of optometry and are looking to develop your knowledge in contact lenses. Through a combination of distance learning and clinical training days at Aston Optometry School, you will explore topics that will enable you to achieve the Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice. This course is accredited by the College of Optometrists.

This course is accredited by the College of Optometrists, for the award of Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice.
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  • Credit value: 40 masters level credits  
  • Mode of delivery: Blended learning - distance learning with clinical training days at Aston Optometry School
  • Course type: Standalone Module
  • Accreditation: This course is accredited by the College of Optometrists, for the award of Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice
  • Module code: OP4CLP
  • Number of places available: Up to 30 
  • Start date: Wednesday 27 February 2019 (see below for all dates)
  • Duration: 52 weeks   
  • Time commitment: Although this will depend upon the individual, a typical student can expect to spend up to 400 hours of study in total
  • Entry requirement: You must be a registered optometrist, seeing contact lens patients regularly.

How to apply

  • Applications are currently open for our next intake

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For 2018 entry: £2200

The module aims to equip registered optometrists with enhanced knowledge and clinical skills in the field of contact lens practice. The module is designed to meet the requirements of the College of Optometrists Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice. Lecture content is delivered through our virtual learning environment, so candidates can study flexibly at times to suit them.

On-campus training will take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 27 February 2019: Informal induction 
  • Wednesday 05 June 2019: Day 1 practical training 
  • Wednesday 31 July 2019: Day 2 practical training 
  • Wednesday 08 January 2020: OSCE exam day

Lecture content includes: best practice in contact lens record keeping; modern RGPs and (semi-) sclerals; correction of astigmatism; contact lenses for presbyopia; myopia control and contact lenses for children; orthokeratology; contact lens complications and their management (including issues of compliance and how to minimise contact lens drop-outs), tear film assessment and contact lens-induced dry eye; lens care products and ocular lubricants; effective communication, and relevant legislation and guidelines in contact lens practice.

At our practical training days, you will gain hands-on experience in contact lens verification; dry eye detection and management; RGPs; contact lenses for astigmatism and presbyopia.

Lecture content is delivered by distance learning, using BlackBoard, our virtual learning environment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more. Two practical training days take place at Aston Optometry School in May and July/ August.

Assessment is through coursework, a class test and OSCEs. Coursework consists of a reflective logbook of patient episodes and preparation of case records. The assessment day at Aston at the end of the module includes a theory-based class test and 4 OSCEs.

This course has accreditation from the College of Optometrists for the award of Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice.

Our courses offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. In addition, our ethos is to equip you to make a real difference in your field. 

The Optometry CPD courses allow you to develop specialist knowledge in advanced optometric topics. Clinical application and content may allow eye care professionals to widen and specialise their mode of practice.

The course is convened by Dr Shehzad Naroo, Head of the International Association of Contact Lens Editors. Other significant contributors include Prof James Wolffsohn, a leading researcher in the field of contact lenses and dry eye, and former president of the BCLA.

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