Prescribing for disorders of the eye

Key information

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 (2016/7) £1100 (2017/8) per delegate 

Entry requirements: None  

How to apply: Please complete an online application form for the month that you wish to be considered for:

March 2017

October 2017

Deadline to apply: 31st January for the March intake, and 31st August for the October intake

Further information: Tel: 0121 204 3906 or email: optometrycpd@aston.ac.uk

Aims of this module

Following successful completion of this module, you should be able to:
  • Evaluate the signs and symptoms associated with eye disease and to conduct appropriate investigations
  • Recognise ocular abnormalities, differential diagnoses and make decisions on appropriate management strategies
  • Apply knowledge of the theory and practice of prescribing as relevant to abnormal ocular conditions
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of relevant ocular therapeutic drugs

Module content

Review of the anatomy and physiology of the eye and adnexa

  • Eyelids and lashes
  • Conjunctiva
  • Lacrimal system
  • Cornea
  • Sclera
  • Trabecula
  • Uvea

What is health, what is disease, ‘adapting to the environment’?

  • Taking a history
  • Presenting symptoms
  • Medical history
  • Ocular history        

Methods of ocular examination, equipment and techniques in the detection and monitoring of glaucoma

  • Anterior segment evaluation
  • Binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Gonioscopy
  • Tonometry and ocular blood flow
  • Detection and monitoring of glaucoma through visual fields

Infection control in clinical practice

Development and documentation of clinical management plans

  • Reflective approach in the review and development of prescribing practice
  • Knowledge of own limitations, criteria for referral and ability to practice within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility
  • Understanding of the role of an independent prescriber and working within the limits of one’s professional competence

Evidence based practice

  • Types of research
  • Critical appraisal
  • Clinical audit and monitoring


  • Monitoring and management
  • Prescribing for POAG, OHT, PACG and inflammatory glaucoma
  • Detecting progression in glaucoma
  • Surgical management of glaucoma

Red eye

  • Differential diagnosis and management
  • Prescribing for disorders of the lids and lashes
  • Prescribing for disorders of the tears and lacrimal system
  • Prescribing for disorders of the conjunctiva
  • Prescribing for disorders of the cornea and sclera
  • Prescribing for disorders of the uvea

Prescribing for ocular trauma, contact lens complications and post surgical interventions

  • Management of ocular trauma
  • Prescribing for complications after cataract surgery
  • Prescribing for contact lens complications
  • Punctal occlusion
  • Foreign body removal
  • Sac washout

Prescribing for retinopathy and maculopathy

  • Diabetes
  • AMD

Skin lesions

  • Differential diagnosis and therapeutic management

Identifying and reporting adverse drug reactions

  • Ocular adverse drug reactions to ocular and systemic medications
  • Systemic adverse drug reactions to ocular medications.