OPT032: Glaucoma 3 (Advanced)

This module follows on from OPT009, OPT010 and OPT031, and is the final module in the glaucoma series.

It aims to prepare optometrists to provide either a comprehensive community glaucoma service, or to work with a high degree of autonomy within a Hospital Eye Service glaucoma sub-specialist clinic. Successful candidates should be equipped to make appropriate evidence-based management decisions in a wide range of glaucoma-related conditions and will have a comprehensive knowledge of diagnosis and treatment, and the ability to detect clinical change.

The module will build on existing knowledge of tests used to assess structure and function in glaucoma to consider how significant clinical change may be detected, as well as considering contemporary views on the relationship between tests of structure and function in glaucoma. The more common secondary causes of glaucoma will be covered in detail along with assessment techniques and management.

The material on medical treatment covered in the previous module will be supplemented by a review of the various laser and surgical interventions used in glaucoma treatment along with their respective indications and potential complications.

The module will review contemporary thinking on the pathogenesis of glaucomatous optic neuropathy, along with the effects of ocular and systemic co-morbidity on the diagnosis and management of glaucoma. The didactic component will conclude with a review of the major clinical trials form the last few decades and their impact.

Students are required to organise a placement within a secondary care glaucoma clinic, identifying an ophthalmologist mentor to support them. Students should ideally collect evidence of having seen at least 250 patient episodes during their placement.

Students are required to write up 10 cases in detail including a fully referenced case discussion for each. This will be submitted for a viva voce examination at the end of the module.

Start dateDurationCreditsPrerequisitesModule tutorsModule code
September 2017Two academic terms20OPT009 (or exemption via LOCSU Glaucoma or Wales Glaucoma Referral Refinement), OPT010 and OPT031Dan Rosser (Leader)

Nik Sheen
OPT032

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