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OPT002: Low Vision 2 - Practical

This module aims to provide eye care practitioners with the practical training to provide a high standard of low vision care for people with visual impairment.

Start dateSeptember
Duration24 contact hours over one academic term
Credits10 credits - CET points available
Module tutorsMarek Karas (Leader)
Rebecca John (Leader)
Barbara Ryan
Module codeOPT002

Additional information: This module complements OPT006 and OPT007. It also forms part of the Low Vision Service Wales Accreditation when completed alongside OPT001.

This module, along with OPT001, is accredited by The College of Optometrists for the Professional Certificate in Low Vision.

Learning Objectives

To acquire knowledge and understanding at an advanced level about:

  • What people with low vision might want and need to do
  • The roles of other professionals and services that support people with low vision

To apply this knowledge to given scenarios and demonstrate how you would:

  • Adapt the normal optometric routine to a patient with visual impairment
  • Determine the comprehensive case history of a low vision patient and prioritise their needs
  • Measure visual function as part of a low vision assessment
  • Determine appropriate magnification and provide advice on contrast and lighting
  • Prescribe and dispense a high addition or hyperocular low vision aid
  • Adapt the refractive component of your assessment

To analyse a situation and suggest appropriate management of a patient with respect to:

  • Appropriate referral and reporting, and in particular when people require social services intervention
  • Management plans for a holistic support strategy

How the module will be delivered

This module is taught via 20 audio podcasts, delivered via Learning Central, the University’s e-learning system, with supporting resources and references integral to the module.

The podcasts present bite size teaching and learning theory linked to the supplied resources and references. Students will select podcasts that are relevant to their professional teaching context and interests. It is expected that students will study between 10 and 15 podcasts plus associated resources during the module.

This module uses an e- portfolio, to collect all the work done by students during the course. This will include all coursework as well as a recording of a teaching episode accompanied by the student feedback and interaction with other peers on the course.

The portfolio can be accessed after course completion as evidence of the leaners study and experience. The coursework you will complete addresses many of the areas that a formal application for a qualification in teaching will require: theory of teaching and assessment, and evidence of teaching. Past students have used there work as basis for applications for fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

20 contact hours. This module takes one semester to complete

Syllabus Content

The practical workshops, online discussions and written submission will cover the following areas:

  • History and symptoms.
  • Goal setting and prioritising need.
  • Visual acuity, contrast sensitivity and visual fields in low vision.
  • Estimating magnification.
  • Spectacle mounted high addition low vision aids.
  • Optical low vision aids and their use.
  • Non-optical low vision aids and adaptations.
  • Practical contrast enhancement in everyday life.
  • Referral to other agencies and professionals.

How the module will be assessed


This work needs to be completed but does not carry a mark. Students will be asked to compile a presentation on two methods of teaching that they use or would like to use along with a supporting evidenced based critique of their choices. This can be delivered to a group webinar, submitted in writing or recorded into their eportfolio with supporting material.


Written Coursework (50%): Students will add to their  eflective portfolio by undertaking 1 written assignment on assessment methods designed to allow focus on application of the module content to students’ own experience in clinical teaching. 

Practical assessment (50%): Students will demonstrate their practical skills via preparation and delivery of a short teaching session They will initially submit a teaching plan for guidance and then record a teaching session using a smart phone or laptop camera using the universities recording software. Support in using this technology will be given.

The teaching session must be interactive and could be a practical skills workshop, facilitated discussion, tutorial, case review session, or another format of the student’s choosing. The practical assessment includes the written teaching plan submitted in advance, delivering and recording the teaching session, collection of feedback from peers, and a structured reflective discussion with peers after the teaching session via webinar.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Academic Skills:

  • To be aware of recent research in visual impairment and accepted clinical practice in the discipline
  • Collate information from a number of resources to improve learning
  • The interpretation of data.

Subject-Specific Skills:

  • Advancing own knowledge and understanding to higher level
  • 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.