Duration: Duration times vary. Use the contact details below to enquire about this.
Location: This is a distance learning course, delivered by e-learning. Access to course materials will be given by Aston University after the registration procedure has been completed.
Fee: £1000 per delegate
Entry requirements: None
How to apply: Please complete an online application form for the month that you wish to be considered for:
The measurement, correction, and clinical management of ametropia is the foundation of optometric practice. The optometrist is well aware of the concerns expressed by patients when correction is necessary: What causes it? Will it get worse? Does it run in families? Can it be treated? These are reasonable concerns given that ametropia is often a lifelong condition, carries the long-term economic burden of correction and in some instances can increase the risk of ocular pathology. Particular attention will be directed to myopia as this condition is now evident in around 25% of UK adolescents and is estimated to affect ~1Bn of the world’s ~6Bn population. The module provides a contemporary account of relevant studies in epidemiology, physiology, biology and opto-electronic measurement that have provided new insight into the psychophysiological and neurobiological nature of myopia. Modern methods of genotyping have informed substantially the nature vs nurture debate concerning the onset and development of myopia. The module will demonstrate that there is scope to treat myopia by manipulation of the visual environment and will present the rational for current non-surgical options for treatment based on optical, pharmaceutical and behavioural studies.
The aim of the module is to enable participants to appreciate fully the nature of contemporary clinical research in myopia and understand its relevance to clinical practice in terms of the genesis, development and putative methods of treatment of myopia. OP4MY1 provides a solid academic foundation for Ophthalmic Doctorate students who may be considering undertaking their research projects in this field. Assessment consists of short assignments (50% of module mark) related to each of the lecture presentations, and five case records (50% of module mark).
In undertaking this module, you will cover the following topics relevant to myopia: