Refractive Surgery 2 - Standalone module

The module will cover the techniques used in laser and non-laser refractive surgery, how to treat patients with unusual and complex refractive error and irregular optics (such as keratoconus and high order aberrations). It also explores various treatments of presbyopia, good medical practice including medico-legal requirements and auditing results.



Course type

Part-time / distance learning

Course format

No placements


4 months

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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. But can be taken as part of the Doctor of Optometry/Ophthalmic Science & Masters in Optometry/Ophthalmic Science.

Start date: 1st March 2021. Application deadline 25th January 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. The module content is available online allowing Professionals to work at their pace.

Fees: 2020/21 fees are £550 per 10 credits.

Total fees for this 20 credit module for March 2021 start are £1,100.


Entry requirement: You must be a clinician in the field of Optometry or Ophthalmology

Course outline and what you will study

• PRK/LASEK/Epi-LASIK surgery

• LASIK surgery

• SMILE surgery

• Refractive surgery for keratoconus

• Correction of Regular and Irregular Astigmatism

• Phakic IOLs

• Presbyopia

• High Ametropia

• Good Medical Practice

• Auditing

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 individual 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 lead: Dr Raquel Gil-Carzola

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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