OPT010: Glaucoma 1
This module builds on from the OPT009 – Glaucoma Foundation, to help facilitate knowledge, understanding and training in corneal pachymetry plus further experience in visual field and disc evaluation.
It aims to provide the practical skills training and knowledge for optometrists to participate in monitoring those suspected of having glaucoma or ocular hypertension (OHT), who have been diagnosed in secondary care but who are not receiving treatment. The follow-on module, OPT031 – Glaucoma Level 2, aims to develop these topics further.
This module, along with OPT009, is accredited by The College of Optometrists for the Professional Certificate in Glaucoma.
|Start date||September / March|
|Duration||26 contact hours over one academic term|
|Credits||10 credits - CET points available|
|Prerequisites||OPT009 or Exemption via LOCSU Glaucoma/Wales Glaucoma Referral Refinement Scheme|
|Module tutors||Nik Sheen|
|Tuition fees (2020/21)||£620 - Home students|
£1155 - Students from outside the EU
*Please contact us for EU fees.
This module complements OPT011, OPT012 and OPT016.
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:
- evaluate and apply modern key concepts of glaucoma care and be able to apply them to challenges within your own environment and practice
- address and reflect on the benefit of inter-professional teamwork in the delivery of glaucoma care in optometry
- present balanced and informed arguments, incorporating critical judgment and decision making in practical assessments
- effectively reflect on and evaluate learning
- assess the signs and symptoms of potential glaucoma eye disease to make a differential diagnosis and to rank options for diagnosis and management, with a focus on community optometric practice
- problem solve and develop solutions/management plans, in community optometric settings, in cases with potential glaucoma, OHT, suspect glaucoma and primary angle closure glaucoma based on evidence and sound professional and clinical judgment.
How the module will be delivered
This module is taught by means of online Xerte sessions of guided learning, online lectures and a webinar, as well as a contact day in Cardiff which will include workshops, tutorials, case discussions and formative practical skills training. Supporting resources and references will be supplied via Learning Central, the university's virtual learning environment. In addition there will be webinars, including a welcome webinar.
Discussion boards accessed via Learning Central will provide a platform for students to discuss any questions or queries that come up throughout the term with both the course tutors and their peers.
- Structure and physiology of the healthy and glaucomatous optic nerve.
- Physiology of aqueous production and drainage.
- Classification of glaucoma.
- Diagnosis of OHT.
- The risk factors for conversion from OHT to COAG.
- Indication for treatment of OHT and suspect glaucoma.
- Recommended follow-up intervals for OHT and suspect glaucoma.
- The use of tonometry to assess intraocular pressure, its interpretation and integration with other clinical data.
- The clinical assessment of the optic nerve head, and the integration of this information with other clinical data.
- The use of perimetric techniques, and its interpretation and integration with other clinical data.
- Corneal pachymetry, and its interpretation and integration with other clinical data.
- The clinical assessment of the anterior segment with reference to refining the risk of glaucoma and influencing the management of OHT and glaucoma.
Skills that will be practised and developed
- Advance your own knowledge and understanding
- Collate and synthesise information from several resources to improve learning
- Write concisely and clearly for the academic and clinical community
- Interpret data
- Manage projects and time
- Work independently
- Use a range of IT software packages and online resources
- Problem solve
How the module will be assessed
This module contains formative and summative assessments.
Formative coursework (non-marked)
- There is a case-based presentation which the student can be submit for feedback.
- Formative tests: There are online EMCQ and other tests incorporated within the learning resources that enable you to assess comprehension and application of your learning and understanding.
- Written coursework (50%): Students are required to submit a referenced written assignment related to management of glaucoma. Details are given in the online platform.
- Practical assessment (50%): Students will sit a stations style assessment to test their practical skills.