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Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses CPPD

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Course overview

Module outline and aims
The subject of contact lenses is part of the initial qualification obtained by an optometrist. It is a speciality that a significant number of the profession do not pursue following registration due to their reluctance to deal with the potential for causing short- and long-term changes to ocular health. The Contact Lens Practice module has been devised to enable optometrists to deal more confidently and effectively with the management of contact lens patients in the community or hospital setting.

We are delighted to be the first university to offer the full suite of Professional Certificates accredited by the College of Optometrists, including Medical Retina. For more information on accreditation for modules that are part of the College of Optometrists' Professional/Higher qualifications please click here

Content outline
This module aims to provide community and hospital based optometrists with an in-depth and systematic understanding of specialist contact lens fitting e.g. regular and irregular astigmatism, presbyopia, myopia control and orthokeratology.  Additionally, the module will provide in-depth and systematic understanding of complications induced by contact lens (CL) wear.  Other topics include:

  • The regular/irregular astigmatism
  • Lens care products and ocular lubricants
  • Clinical applications of corneal topography
  • Tear film assessment
  • Paediatric lens fitting
  • Practical session – Presbyopia
  • CL related complications
  • Detection of dry eye
  • Management of dry eye
  • Modern CL materials
  • Practical session – dry eye
  • Record keeping

UK Credits
This is a 30 credit module which runs over three days with at least 30 hours of learning, comprising of lectures, demonstrations / practical sessions and tutorials.  In addition you will be required to put in a further 270 hours of self-directed (independent) study hours.

Module dates

Dates: TBC

This module is not running again in the current academic year. New dates will be available in August of 2019. Please register your interest to be contacted.



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

  • You should normally be a UK registered optometrist satisfying all legal requirements to be eligible to practise in the UK.
  • You should also be registered with the General Optical Council.
  • Overseas optometrists will be accepted on an ad hoc basis providing your undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK optometrist.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Module leaders

  • Dr Byki Huntjens

    Byki is a qualified optometrist who joined City University London in 2009. She previously worked as a resident and locum optometrist in London and as a Clinical Supervisor at the Fight for Sight eye clinic (City University London) and the Vision Clinic (The University of Manchester).

    After completing her ...