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.
Specialist Certificate in the Management of Low Vision Patients offered by the Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences in the Faculty of Science.
Topics covered within this course include the epidemiology and geographic distribution of blindness; the roles and methods within the rehabilitative team for the support and rehabilitation of the visually disabled; the procedures for comprehensive assessment of rehabilitation of the visually disabled; the procedures for comprehensive assessment of visual disability and the management of patients with partial sight; and the principles and performance of optical, non-optical and technological aids for the enhancement of low vision. Emphasis is on clinical set-up, application and support of patients with low vision.
The Specialist Certificate is achieved through successful completion of one compulsory 25 point subject, Management of Low Vision Patients.