Primary open-angle glaucoma is one of the chronic ophthalmic conditions selected by the Department of Health, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the College of Optometrists as being appropriate for shared care between primary and secondary healthcare sectors. Following successful pilot schemes, it is clear that monitoring in the form of co-management by the HES and optometrists in the community will eventually become usual practice.
It is thus essential that, in addition, to simply being able to detect the condition, optometrists should have a comprehensive understanding of the natural history of the disease and its surgical and pharmacological management. The information imparted on this course is informed by current research and incorporates all of the most recent developments relating to glaucoma identification, progression and treatment modalities.
Who is it for?
This course prepares healthcare professionals including optometrists, nurse practitioners and orthoptists to participate in formal ‘referral refinement’ and Ocular Hypertension/suspect COAG monitoring schemes.
Online start date: Monday 27 February 2023
(No classes scheduled on this date, the materials for this module will go live on Moodle from this date)
Teaching dates: Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th April 2023
- OSCE Exam: Wednesday 14 June 2023
- Written Exam: Thursday 15 June 2023
This course is intended to ensure that core competencies are current (including those required for pathways involving ‘repeat measures’) and to provide additional specialist knowledge and skills for monitoring patients with diagnosed OHT and suspect COAG with an established management plan.
This course is worth 15 credits