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Contact Lens Practice CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

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

Module dates

Term three

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.

This module has a total of 7 hours in workshops.

In order to complete the Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses you are required to complete this module and also complete a log book and case records worth an additional 15 PG credits. If you wish to complete the Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses then please apply for this course in the first instance.



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

Module leaders

  • Dr Byki Huntjens

    Following her Bachelor in Optometry from the Hogeschool Utrecht (the Netherlands), Byki moved to the UK in 2002 to start her MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science at the University of Manchester. After completion, she worked as a research assistant at the same institution, and was granted a PhD sponsorship ...