Ocular Surface Disease Management

Ocular surface disease is often chronic and debilitating and therefore eye care practitioners need to know how to optimally examine the anterior eye to detect disease and monitor applied treatments. The module encourages self-reflection and the adoption of evidence-based practice to enhance eye care service delivery. 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


4 months

UCAS code(s)

Start date

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Key information, entry requirement and fees

  • Credit value: 20 masters level credits
  • Mode of delivery: Online delivery
  • Start dates: March 2025
  • Duration: 4 months
  • Fees (2024/25): £1,300
  • 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 in:

  • Anterior eye imaging
  • Assessment of the Cornea
  • Definitions and pathophysiology of dry eye
  • Diagnosis and Management of dry eye
  • Lid examination and management
  • Ocular allergy
  • Ocular surface A&E
  • Chronic ocular surface disease
  • BCLA CLEAR evidence-based contact lens management
  • Therapeutic contact lens use

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.


A variety of assessment methods linked to learning outcomes are utilised including online multiple choice, visual recognition tests and a case report which assess 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 James Wolffsohn

Career Prospects

Our range of continuing professional development modules offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career, it is also our ethos is 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.