Retinal and Macular Disorders - 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 the management of patients with disorders of the macula and retina. You will explore topics such as macular dystrophies, age related macular degeneration and retina.

Course type

Part-time, Online / distance learning

Course format

No placements


16 weeks

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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: OP4RMD
  • Start date: 1 March 2022. Application deadline 25 January 2022
  • Number of places available: Varies.
  • 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.

Course outline and what you will study

This course will provide you with a theoretical background in pathophysiology, detection, assessment and management of patients with disorders of the macula and retina.

Ophthalmologic treatments will be examined, as well as the role of the optometrist in the screening and management of patients with disorders of the macula and retina. New technologies for detection and treatment will be described, and there will be a discussion of how these technologies might fit into optometric practice. The assignment will involve the student building up a series of case reports linking theory to practice.

Topics covered in this module include:

  • Retina and macula: structure and function
  • Retinal detachment and vitreous disorders
  • Retinal vessels: structure and functions
  • Retinal venous and arterial disease
  • Diabetic retinopathy and screening for diabetic retinopathy
  • Age related macular degeneration
  • Retina and macular dystrophies
  • Systemic disorders and the retina
  • Imaging techniques in retinal and macular disorders
  • Basis of treatments for retinal disease.

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 Hannah Bartlett

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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