Geriatric Optometry - 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 ocular condition associated with ageing. You will explore topics such as general principles of optometric management in elderly, low vision rehabilitation, management of specific ocular conditions associated with ageing, and the role of optometrits in managing patients with Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.

Course type

Online / distance learning

Course format


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: OP4GEO
  • Number of places available: Up to 30
  • Start date: 1st October. Application deadline 23rd August 2021
  • 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 (2021/22): £1,150
  • Entry requirement: You must be a clinician in the field of optometry.

Course outline and what you will study

Older people make up a growing proportion of the UK population and although increasingly healthier, they are often affected by various diseases associated with older age, including specific ocular conditions that can result in disability and blindness.

As specialists, you have the choice to keep our elderly empowered, independent and healthy. “If optometrists are to provide care to the elderly as they must, it is imperative that every optometrist receive formal training in geriatric optometry” (Verma, 1988).

This course is unique in the UK and aims to prepare optometrists understand the particularities of diagnosis and optometric management of various ocular condition associated with pathological ageing in elderly patients with multiple disabilities.

The module will present best practice on appropriate optometric examination techniques in:

  • Ageing and visual system
  • Optometric examination of the elderly patient
  • Refraction in elderly population
  • Low vision rehabilitation in elderly patients
  • Fitting and dispensing in elderly patients
  • Dry eye management in elderly patients
  • Glaucoma diagnosis and management: particularities in elderly patients with multiple disabilities
  • Domiciliary care
  • Age-related macular degeneration and nutrition
  • Alzheimer’s disease and its ocular complications
  • Stroke: early diagnosis and optometric management of ocular complications of stroke
  • Visual hallucinations- diagnosis and management
  • Working with Adults with Dual Sensory Loss.

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.

Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of life and health sciences teaching and research. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston University was awarded Gold, the highest award possible. In addition, our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.

Course lead: Dr Doina Gherghel

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.

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