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 Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders offered by the Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences in the Faculty of Science course is designed to enable optometrists to extend their abilities to evaluate the sensory and motor pathways of the visual system, both in the context of evaluating visual complaints themselves as well as gaining further knowledge of how visual and ocular motor signs may reflect a range of systemic conditions, particularly of the central nervous system. Because complaints related to these pathways may reflect problems arising anywhere from the anterior visual pathways to the higher-order visual cortices, optometrists should benefit from gaining a deeper understanding of the current state of knowledge of these pathways and their assessment.
It is achieved through successful completion of one compulsory 25 point subject, Management of Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders (formerly Management of Neural Disorders of Vision).