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Visual Impairment (20 Credits)


The module will cover the detection, assessment and holistic management of patients with visual impairment. The published evidence for different approaches to low vision rehabilitation will be examined along with how they might be implemented in practice. The most common conditions causing low vision will be discussed, concentrating on how and what information should be communicated to patients and their carers. The assignment will allow candidates to apply theory to practice or to investigate the evidence basis for a chosen aspect of visual impairment.
  • Low vision - definitions and epidemiology
  • Signs, symptoms, visual effects, progression and management of the key conditions causing low vision part1
  • Signs, symptoms, visual effects, progression and management of the key conditions causing low vision part2
  • Visual assessment
  • The patient's perspective - the psychology of visual loss
  • Effective prescribing of optical and non-optical aids
  • Electronic vision enhancement systems
  • Assessment and management of children and people of a working age with visual impairment – including educational and working environment considerations, available resources, and charitable and government assistance
  • The role of multi-disciplinary professionals in low vision - aids, lighting, eccentric viewing and mobility training
  • Evaluation of outcomes and what should a comprehensive low vision service provide.

The Visual Impairment module is Vantage CET approved (20 points in total). Rather than online lecture presentations, students are required to undertake a significant amount of individual directed learning from research papers and texts, in order to complete the assessments. The coursework assignment involves preparation of case records highlighting your management of patients with visual impairment or an evidence-based essay on a chosen aspect of visual impairment.


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