Higher certificate in glaucoma for optometrists course - September 2016

Event venue

Moorfields Eye Hospital, City Road, EC1V 2PD and the Institute of Ophthalmology, Bath Street, EC1V 9EL

Course objectives

Moorfields and University College London (UCL), Institute of Ophthalmology joint partnership have introduced a new qualification in advanced clinical optometry. The higher certificate in glaucoma module prepares optometrists to participate in community or hospital-based schemes involving the diagnosis of ocular hypertension (OHT) and preliminary diagnosis of chronic open angle glaucoma (COAG) when not working under the supervision of a consultant ophthalmologist.

This is an ongoing programme which further develops skills in detecting change in clinical status and decision-making in patients at risk of developing glaucoma.

The curriculum

The curriculum for the qualifications will be based on the College of Optometrists Higher Qualifications. The curriculum will provide optometrists with the skills and knowledge to:

  • perform a gonioscopic examination of the anterior chamber angle; identify anatomical structures, grade the angle width and interpret the significance of clinical findings
  • diagnose OHT or COAG through an integration of clinical observations/results of clinical investigations
  • make appropriate management decisions in a patient with OHT
  • monitor the response to treatment in a patient with OHT and modify the management plan or refer if necessary
  • be aware of the contraindications of anti-glaucoma medications and be able to detect and manage drug-induced side effects
  • inform patients of the rationale for monitoring their condition and an ability to explain the risk of developing glaucoma
  • counsel patients regarding the risk of blindness associated with glaucoma, risk to family members, and potential impact of the disease on lifestyle

Entry requirements 

Optometrists working at this level should: 
  • possess a minimum of a BSc(Hons) on Optometry or equivalent
  • be GOC registered optometrists
  • have a minimum of 2 years clinical experience
  • possess the Professional Certificate in Glaucoma (Level 1)

Course fees

£1200 (full route, includes assessment)
For more information please download the leaflet to the right of this page, where you will also find the registration form. 

Event booking information

For further details and registration, please contact the following individuals using this email hq@moorfields.nhs.uk

General queries and registration: Mr Azhar Aziz

Clinical queries: Miss Jay Varia