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Masters degrees in Orthoptics equip postgraduates with the skills to detect and correct vision defects and problems with eye movement. This often involves the use of therapeutic exercises to strengthen eye muscles and improve vision, as well as glasses and eye patches.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Ophthalmics and Public Health. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Medicine or Biology.
Orthoptists are mostly responsible for treating strabismus (wandering eye), amblyopia (lazy eye) and eye movement disorders.
Training typically involves studying how to monitor refraction and muscular eye control. This may also include vocational practice in a healthcare setting, screening for and monitoring eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy (damage caused to the back of the eye through diabetes).
Orthoptists find employment in a range of medical and healthcare settings. For example, you may work closely with ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat eye disorders in private and public health centres. You may also branch into public health, advising on changes to policy and regulation regarding eye care.
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Lead academic. Dr Charlotte Codina. This is a part-time distance learning course for practising orthoptists and other eye care professionals. Read more
This programme provides ophthalmic non-medical professionals with the opportunity to undertake advanced clinical training through flexible study, to develop clinical practice and to contribute to the advancement of eye care delivery in primary, secondary or tertiary care settings. Read more
Take your career to the next level with our contact lens course. Designed for UK General Optical Council (GOC) registered dispensing opticians looking to specialise in contact lenses, our course will build on the training you already have, giving you the knowledge and skill set to look after contact lens patients. Read more
This programme provides ophthalmic professionals with the knowledge and skills required to reduce blindness and visual disability in their populations by developing an evidence-based public health approach for the control and management of blinding eye diseases. Read more
Our MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research gives eye care professionals like you the academic knowledge and practical skills they need to contribute to groundbreaking medical advancements and effectively diagnose and treat a wide range of ocular conditions. Read more
Programme overview This part-time MSc programme gives you the opportunity to complete a personalised and relevant master's-level degree that requires minimal study time away from clinical practice. Read more
The purpose of the Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences is to provide a postgraduate qualification for medical graduates with at least two years’ experience who are seeking a position on a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists RANZCO (Fellowship) approved Training Programme or are currently engaged in such a programme. Read more
The degree of Master of Ophthalmology (MOphth) is designed for medical graduates who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (PGDipOphthBS) and wish to extend their understanding of the subject by completing a research project. Read more
This course is for you if you are a clinician in the field of optometry and are looking to develop your technical knowledge in investigative techniques for examination of the anterior and posterior eye. Read more
The programme aims to provide students with knowledge and skills related to product development, design and manufacturing and is specifically targeted towards preparing graduates for a career within the assistive technology sector. Read more
This course is for you if are a clinician in the field of optometry and are looking to develop your knowledge in the theory behind the role of nutrition in the prevention and retardation of ocular diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome. Read more