Prescribing for Disorders of the Eye - 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 prescribing for disorders of the eye. You will explore topics such as recognising ocular abnormalities, differential diagnoses in order to make decisions on appropriate management strategies.

Course type

Online / distance learning

Course format

No placements


16 weeks

UCAS code(s)


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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: OP4OT2
  • Start date: 1st March 2022. Application deadline 25 January 2022
  • Number of places available: Up to 60
  • 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): £575 per 10 credits.
  • Entry requirement: You must be a clinician in the field of optometry. You must have previously completed the module "Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics".

Course outline and what you will study

This course will provide you with a theoretical background in prescribing in relation to disorders of the eye. Following successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the signs and symptoms associated with eye disease and to conduct appropriate investigations
  • Understand the importance of systemic pathologies and additional needs in managing optometric patients
  • Recognise ocular abnormalities, differential diagnoses and make decisions on appropriate management strategies
  • Apply knowledge of the theory and practice of prescribing as relevant to abnormal ocular conditions and patients with ocular abnormalities and additional needs
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of relevant ocular therapeutic drugs.

Topics covered in this module include:

  • Evidence based practice
  • Clinical management plans
  • Infection control
  • Ophthalmic dermatology
  • Red eye
  • Cataract co-management
  • Refractive surgery co-management
  • Glaucoma co-management
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Systemic disorders with impact on ocular prescribing
  • Management of patients with additional needs.

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 submitted throughout the course. Coursework will take the form of formative assessments (MCQs) and portfolio assignment.

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 leads: Dr Doina Gherghel and Dr Preeti Bhogal

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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