Specialist Certificate in Glaucoma and Retinal Disease
What will I study?
This Specialist Certificate/subject will enable optometrists to advance their capabilities in the day-to-day management of eye disease by affording them the opportunity to review the most current ideas on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of ocular disease affecting the posterior pole, thus also preparing them for any further shifts in the scope of optometric practice in this area. This module will include a critical examination of how the state-of- the-art diagnostic and imaging tools can be incorporated into clinical practice. Given the explosion in the literature of health sciences, the course will concentrate on developing a deep understanding in a select group of eye diseases regularly seen in optometric practice (for example, glaucoma, diabetes, agerelated macular degeneration). The course will, however, provide optometrists with the tools necessary to develop a deeper, evidence-based understanding in other eye diseases of their choosing .
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this course the students should have:
- Advanced knowledge and skills in their selected fields of clinical optometry
- A detailed knowledge in the use and application of specific advanced diagnostic techniques and/or instrumentation
- An advanced ability to evaluate and synthesize research from the scientific and clinical literature
- An appreciation of the value of, and the ability to achieve, collaboration with other healthcare professionals as an effective means to aid clinical problem-solving
- The capacity to interpret and integrate information from a variety of sources (such as patient presentation details, advanced diagnostic techniques, scientific, clinical and technical literature, and other healthcare professionals), in the development of the most appropriate patient management
- The ability and initiative to offer enhanced clinical services based on their in-depth study in selected fields of clinical optometry
- Have advanced their clinical skills and developed a flexibility of outlook such that they are better able to respond to future paradigm shifts in the scope of optometric management.