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City to launch new Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care

Module will provide practitioners with an advanced knowledge of common causes of visual impairment in childhood

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

City will shortly be offering the Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care following successful accreditation by the College of Optometrists.

Forming part of the MSc in Clinical Optometry, the module will provide practitioners with an advanced knowledge of common causes of visual impairment in childhood. Optometrists will also gain in-depth knowledge and practical skills enabling them to assess visual function and make informed evidence-based management decisions. The course will be running on 22nd, 23rd and 24th May 2017.

Most optometrists work in the community and are ideally placed to assist in the early detection of ocular problems. As a result this new module prepares optometrists for advanced paediatric practice in independent and shared care.

The module reviews development of the visual system through infancy and childhood, including normal levels for different age groups. In particular, the module focuses on optimising the eye examination for paediatric patients and how best to communicate with infants, children, carers, parents and schools. It also includes the testing, interpretation and management of binocular vision abnormities and specific learning difficulties.  

Dr Michelle Hennelly, MSc Programme Director for the MSc in Clinical Optometry in the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London, said:

“We are delighted to announce that City University will be running the Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care as part of the MSc in Clinical Optometry following successful accreditation by the College of Optometrists. The learning outcomes for the new College Certificate comprise the knowledge, skills and behaviours that an optometrist requires in order to provide the highest standard of eye care to infants and children. The module will use a diverse range of teaching and learning methods to ensure that the most appropriate method is used for each specific competency.”

City University was the first University to offer the full suite of Professional Certificates and the School of Health Sciences is now delighted to add the Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care module to their provision. The Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses, Professional Certificates in Medical Retina, Glaucoma, Low Vision and now Paediatric Eye Care can be taken either as CPD or as part of the MSc in Clinical Optometry.  

Optometrists completing the modules can be assured of completing cutting-edge specialist education delivered by world-renowned speakers, enhancing current practice and increasing scope of clinical practice.

For more information, visit http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/cpd/paediatric-optometry and http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/clinical-optometry

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