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Professional Certificate in Low Vision CPPD

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Course overview

From time to time, every practising optometrist encounters patients who suffer from, or develop impaired vision. With the increasing mean age of our population, the number of patients with impaired vision will rise since a great many conditions causing impaired vision are due to "ageing". Given the specialist nature of the topic, it is clear that many more optometrists will need to increase their knowledge and understanding of optometric and general issues relating to the needs of the visually impaired person in order to serve the community effectively. The advanced level of information imparted on this module will update you on recent developments in vision research relevant to visual impairment in addition to providing you with knowledge which will help you to manage a visually impaired person in practice.

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

  • You should normally be a UK registered optometrist satisfying all legal requirements to be eligible to practise in the UK
  • 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 Ahalya Subramanian

    Ahalya is an optometrist and currently a senior lecturer at City University London which she joined in 2006. She has a specialist interest in visual impairment and runs the visual impairment clinic at City University London.

    Ahalya studied at the Elite School of Optometry in Chennai India where she gained ...