OPT030: Low Vision - Advanced

This module aims to provide eye care practitioners with the knowledge and skills to provide a high standard of advanced low vision care.

It builds on the core knowledge acquired in OPT001: Low Vision 1 - Theory and OPT002: Low Vision 2 - Practical to develop an ability to deliver low vision care to more complex low vision cases and specialist populations.

This course is also designed for anyone that has the College's Professional Certificate in Low Vision that wants to provide advanced low vision care in the community or in a hospital setting. Applicants wishing to achieve the Higher Certificate needs to be providing a low vision service to people with complex needs in order to collect cases for a log book and case presentations.

This module complements OPT006 and OPT007.

Start dateDurationCreditsPrerequisitesModule tutorsModule code
March 2017

March 2018
Two academic terms20 credits

CET points available
OPT001

OPT002
Marek Karas (Leader)

Barbara Ryan
OPT030

Learning objectives

Following the completion of this module a practitioner will able to demonstrate:

  • a detailed knowledge of the causes and epidemiology of low vision in specialist groups of patients. These groups are:
    • children and young people
    • those in transition to adulthood
    • people of working age
    • people with learning disabilities
    • people with dual sensory loss
    • people with a neurological and cognitive impairment
    • people with non-organic sight loss
    • people with profound and multiple disabilities
    • black, minority and ethnic groups
    • people with profound sight loss
    • those undergoing treatment, for example people currently receiving therapy for retinal disease
    • people with cortical visual impairments.
  • an awareness of the impact that key factors have on these specialist groups, including premature birth, ageing and cultural background
  • an ability to assess and manage patients in these specialist groups
  • a detailed knowledge of optical and non-optical devices and demonstrate an ability to prescribe a selection of these
  • an understanding of the interaction of mental health and low vision
  • an understanding of the evidence base for low vision rehabilitation
  • an ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers and fellow professionals in meaningful and innovative ways
  • an understanding of the legislation and guidelines underpinning low vision practice.

How the module will be delivered

This module is taught via 11 lectures (PowerPoint with audio), delivered via Learning Central, the University's e-learning system, with supporting resources and references supplied. There are three practical days which consist of two days of workshops and one day of assessments. There are also 3 online sessions of guided case-based learning, allowing students to revise and apply their knowledge in a virtual setting.

How the module will be assessed

Online examination (40%): There is a MCQ test that will assess comprehension and application across the entire syllabus which students take at the end of the lecture series for final assessment.

Online coursework (20%): There are two case-based presentations to work through – these are key features scenarios, where the learner must work through the case by answering sets of questions.

Written coursework (40%): Students will be required to submit two case records from their clinical practice.

Syllabus content

  • Low vision assessment for a child, working adult, person with a learning disability, person with a neurological condition
  • Telescopic and electronic low vision aids
  • Complex low vision aids (bioptics, prisms, and mirrors)
  • Psychological impact of sight loss including depression
  • Assessing visual function: new methods
  • Models of service provision
  • Measuring service impact.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Academic skills:

  • Advancing own knowledge and understanding to higher level
  • Collate information from a number of resources to improve learning.

Subject-specific skills:

  • To be aware of recent research in visual impairment and accepted clinical practice in the discipline
  • Develop empathy with people who have visual impairment
  • To develop practical skills to assess and manage people with visual impairment
  • Appropriate referral pathways.

Generic skills:

  • Time management
  • Working independently
  • Develop IT skills, particularly with respect to online discussion forums
  • Improve problem solving skills
  • Communication skills.