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Professional Certificate in Medical Retina

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Optometrists

Professional Certificate in Medical Retina

Accredited by The College of Optometrists

  • Professional Certificate in Medical Retina accredited by the College of Optometrists. The Certificate is a level 7 qualification which is the first in a suite of qualifications which will include a Higher Certificate and Diploma in Medical Retina
  • Part-time, blended learning (online learning material/assessment and on-campus tutorials/hands on use of equipment/assessments)
  • Next start date: 30th January 2017
  • Course duration: 12—20 weeks (self-paced).
  • Credit points: 15
  • Fees: £1056 (includes registration fees, online materials, practical sessions and 
  • assessment).

This course is an exciting opportunity for optometrists to refresh and enhance their knowledge and clinical skills in the area of medical retina. The aim of this College of Optometrists accredited course is to provide community and hospital based optometrists with enhanced knowledge of common medical retina conditions. It includes topics on screening, diagnosis, referral and treatment of common medical retina conditions. The course has an emphasis on optical coherence tomography (OCT) interpretation, diabetic retinopathy grading, AMD classification and the identification and management of acute retinal pathology.

Course Code

14LHSBIO-001

Course Dates

30th January 2017 – 19th June 2017

Places Available

Course Leader

Professor Tara Moore

Course Fee

£1056.00
Course Description

How is this course different?

This Professional Certificate in Medical Retina is delivered using a mixture of online, distance learning material and a face-to-face tutorial and practical day at Cathedral Eye Clinic and Ulster University, Belfast campus. Assessment will be conducted through written examination, online assessment and practical demonstration of clinical competencies.

The University of Ulster has pioneered the delivery of distance learning in the UK and has many years of experience in providing bespoke support for students learning online. Alongside extensive course delivery using e learning, the team at Ulster have teamed up with Cathedral Eye Clinic in Belfast to allow hands on experience in the use of specialist equipment for retinal imaging. The flexible nature of the delivery of this Professional Certificate allows the participant to learn at their own pace, in their own time and to complete assessments when they feel ready to do so. Content will be taught by optometrists and ophthalmologists with expertise in the area of medical retina. Friendly and professional advice and support will be available from the course team via email, telephone and face-to-face sessions.


What are the course aims?

  • To provide community and hospital based optometrists with knowledge of common medical retina conditions and includes topics covering screening, referral and treatment pathways, with an emphasis on optical coherence tomography (OCT) interpretation and diabetic retinopathy grading.
  • To enable community and hospital based optometrists to make accurate and appropriate referral decisions for patients with medical retina conditions 
  • To prepare optometrists to commence working under supervision in: 

              o Medical retina new patient triage clinics
              o AMD treatment-retreatment clinics

  • To prepare optometrists to commence working in photography based diabetic retinopathy screening services.


What is the course content?

Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the retina. Risk factors, differential diagnosis and pathogenesis of retinal and macular pathology. Current treatments of medical retina disorders. Communication. Imaging the eye for detection of diabetic retinopathy. OCT imaging and fundus photography in medical retina. Fluorescein angiography, ICG angiography and auto fluorescence. Detecting and classifying diabetic retinal disease. National diabetic retinopathy screening programmes. Acute macular and retinal pathology detection and management. Current treatments of medical retina disorders and pertinent treatment trials.

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