Ageing Eye Management

With an unremitting rate of change within the eye care professions and an ever-ageing population, it is important that optometrists and eye care practitioners are aware of recent and future developments in optometric research concerning the ageing eye. The module provides a holistic overview of the evidence base relating to the management of ageing patients.It can also be taken as part of the Optometry Flexible Framework. Please note the deadline for applications is Monday 23rd August 2024.

Course type
Online / distance learning

Course format

No placements

Duration

4 months

UCAS code(s)

Start date

Overview
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Key information, entry requirement and fees

  • Credit value: 20 masters level credits
  • Mode of delivery: Online delivery
  • Start dates: 1 October 2023
  • Deadline: 23 August 2024
  • Duration: 4 months
  • Fees (2024/25): £1300
  • Entry requirements: Applicants should be UK GOC registered Optometrists or other eye care professional
  • Language requirement: Find out more about our English language requirements

Course outline and what you will study

The module aims to equip clinicians in the field of optometry with enhanced knowledge and clinical skills:

  1. Optometric examination of the older patient
  2. Presbyopia: aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical considerations
  3. Restoration of near visual function in the ageing eye
  4. Assessing the geriatric low vision patient
  5. Fitting and dispensing in older patients
  6. Alzheimer's disease and associated ocular complications
  7. Stroke: diagnosis and optometric management
  8. Visual hallucinations: diagnosis and management
  9. Ocular signs of physical abuse in older patients
  10. Visual risk factors for falls in older patients

Learning, teaching, assessment and staff

Learning and teaching

Lecture content is delivered by distance learning, using Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more. You will also complete small group activity learning with activities such as tutorials and independent study.

Assessments

A variety of assessment methods linked to learning outcomes are utilised including online multiple choice, visual recognition tests and a case report that assesses theoretical knowledge. Learning outcomes which require the assessment of practical ability are examined in OSCEs during the two-day compulsory workshop.

Key staff

Module leader: Prof Leon Davies

Career Prospects

Our range of continuing professional development modules offers you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career, it is also our ethos to equip you with the skills and knowledge to make a real difference in your field.

They have been designed to 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.