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Professional Certificate in Low Vision 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

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.

Module dates

Term 3: Dates TBC



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

Module leaders

  • Dr Ahalya Subramanian

    Ahalya is a registered optometrist and currently a senior lecturer at City, University of London . Since joining City in 2006 she has held several senior roles including most recently the role of divisional lead for Optometry from 2016-2019. Ahalya has a specialist interest in visual impairment and runs the visual ...