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.
The Specialist Certificate in the Management of Contact Lens Patients offered by the Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences in the Faculty of Science is designed to provide optometrists with the opportunity to extend their capabilities in contact lens practice. Optometrists will explore contemporary evidence-based information regarding common in-practice contact lens issues including: use of clinical grading scales; contact lens dryness; microbiology and infection associated with contact lens wear; and the impact of new materials and solutions, in particular silicone hydrogels. Optometrists will also extend their knowledge in specialty contact lens fitting such as: toric rigid lens fitting; contact lenses for keratoconus; orthokeratology and the fitting of contact lenses after refractive surgery and keratoplasty.