This programme is aimed at ophthalmic support staff who are interested in developing knowledge and skills in the area of technology and procedures. It leads to an Aston University accredited certificate. The fees are £525 per module and the programme consists of two modules. The fees do not include travel to Aston or accommodation while at Aston.
The Aston University Ophthalmic Technology and Procedures programme aims to develop an understanding of the need and conduct of ophthalmic techniques required to support current hospital or practice based eye care. It consists of two undergraduate level modules, the first is in the form of web based lectures and assessment which can be taken at the students own pace over a 4 month period, and the second is practical based and consists of 2 days of workshops and competency based assessments at the University.
The aim of the programme is to provide an understanding of a range of clinical ophthalmic techniques, why they are conducted, what variables need to be adjusted, how to ensure patient examination compliance and an overview of how to interpret the results. The techniques covered include how to assess visual function, imaging of the different structures of the eye, determining the visual field, measuring the pressure within the eye and blood pressure, and quantifying ocular biometry. Aspects of patient management will be explored from patient triage and the use of ophthalmic drugs to contact lens wear and patients who are visually impaired.
The content of the programme is summarised below:
- Basic ocular anatomy
- Assessment of visual function
- Visual acuity
- Contract sensitivity
- Colour vision
- Ocular imaging
- Anterior and posterior eye Optical Coherence Tomography
- Fundus and slit-lamp photography
- Visual fields
- Non-contact tonometry
- Ocular biometry
- Partial coherence interferometry
- Optical low coherence reflectometry
- Instillation of ophthalmic drugs, diagnostic drugs and usage
- Basic contact lens theory
- Basic management of patients with low vision
- Blood pressure monitoring and urine analysis
- Dry eye management