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This short course will provide community and hospital-based optometrists with knowledge of common medical retina conditions.

Summary

This short course will provide community and hospital-based optometrists with knowledge of common medical retina conditions and includes topics covering screening, referral and treatment pathways, with an emphasis on optical coherence tomography (OCT) interpretation and diabetic retinopathy grading.

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About this course

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Following completion of the course the student will be able to demonstrate:

a) a detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the retina, with emphasis on the macula

b) an understanding of the risk factors and differential diagnosis of disorders of retinal and macular pathology

c) an understanding of treatments of medical retina disorders including the patient’s response to treatment

d) an ability to communicate effectively with patients

e) an ability to interpret OCT images and fundus photographs for AMD and diabetic retinopathy, with appropriate patient management

f) an awareness of the use of fluorescein, ICG angiography and autofluorescence in medical retina service delivery

g) an understanding of the principles, processes, protocols, potential benefits and limitations of national diabetic retinopathy screening programmes

h) an understanding of diabetes and its relevance to retinopathy screening

i) an ability to detect and classify diabetic retinal disease

j) an ability to recognise acute retinal pathology, conduct appropriate tests and make appropriate referrals, clearly stating the level of urgency

k) an awareness of current national referral guidelines and detailed knowledge of local referral pathways for patients with medical retina disorders

l) an awareness of the rapidly evolving nature of medical retina treatments including pertinent treatment trials

m) an understanding of current guidelines for management of medical retina disorders

n) safeguarding adults and children - equivalent to DOCET Safeguarding Adults and Safeguarding Children level 2.

Assessment

Assessment:

3 medical retina case records (30%)

2 on-line VRICS exams (20% each: 40%)

1 written examination (30%)

Professional recognition

Accredited by The College of Optometrists

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Price

£1,100.00

Contact

Dr Raymond Beirne

r.beirne@ulster.ac.uk

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