Advanced Contact Lenses - Standalone module

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. You will explore topics such as enhanced contact lens, orthokeratology and advances in contact lens materials.


Please note applications for this module are now closed.

Course type
Online / distance learning

Course format

No placements


16 weeks

UCAS code(s)


Start date

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Key information, entry requirement and fees

  • Credit value: 20 Masters-level credits
  • Mode of delivery: Distance learning
  • Course type: Standalone module
  • Module code: OP4ACL
  • Start date: 1 March 2023
  • Duration: 16 weeks
  • Time commitment: Although this will depend upon the individual, a typical student can expect to spend up to 200 hours of study in total
  • Fees (2022/23): £600 per 10 credits.
  • Entry requirement: You must be a clinician in the field of optometry

Course outline and what you will study

The module will cover best practice in:

  • Contact lens record keeping
  • Advances in contact lens materials
  • Contact lens complications and their management (including issues of compliance and how to minimise contact lens drop-outs)
  • Modern RGP and semi-scleral/scleral fitting
  • Advances in understanding of soft contact lens fit (including toric lens stability)
  • Contact lenses for presbyopia
  • Myopia control and fitting children
  • Orthokeratology
  • Therapeutic contact lens use
  • Drug delivery and other uses of contact lenses.

Different approaches to management of patients will be examined along with how they might be implemented in practice. The most common conditions requiring advanced contact lens practice will be discussed, including methods that help to differently diagnose common and unusual problems.

Learning, teaching, assessment and staff

This course is delivered via distance learning. You will access learning materials for general study, revision and assessment via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.

Assessment is by coursework (case records or a literature review) submitted at the end of the course and MCQs related to each topic.

This course has been developed and is delivered by world experts in contact lenses from around the world for each of the topics covered.

Course lead: Professor James Wolffsohn

This course is part of the School of Optometry which sits within the College of Health and Life Sciences.

Your future career prospects

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.