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Glaucoma module (CPD)

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Degree awarded
PG Credit
Duration
11 weeks
Number of places/applicants
30 places are available
How to apply

Please note: the next intake of the course will start on 30 January 2014.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Course description

The unit will cover the theoretical knowledge needed to detect and manage glaucoma. It will cover the structural and functional losses seen in glaucoma and the therapeutic options. Emphasis will be placed on the instrumentation and techniques used in management and their theoretical basis/mode of operation.

It is intended that those who graduate from this unit will have an advanced knowledge of this condition with a practical understanding of the latest methods of detection and management.

The course draws upon the expertise of a large number of academic and clinically qualified staff within the University of Manchester and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

Successful completion of the glaucoma module can form part of an MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences. To complete the MSc you will need to take a further 6 modules and a dissertation.

Fees

Fees for the course beginning 30 January 2014 are:

Modular (part-time)

  • UK/EU students (per annum): £650
  • International students (per annum): £1300

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Medicine
Contact name
Nadia Ezzeddine
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 3411
Email

Academic department overview

See: About the School.

Related courses

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

English language

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of:

  • IELTS 6.5

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

All applicants need to be qualified optometrists or healthcare professionals with ophthalmic experience. Those with overseas qualifications also need an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

How to apply

Please note: the next intake of the course will start on 30 January 2014.

How your application is considered

Offers are made to all suitably qualified applicants.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

The unit will cover the theoretical knowledge needed to detect and manage glaucoma. It will cover the structural and functional losses seen in glaucoma and the therapeutic options. Emphasis will be placed on the instrumentation and techniques used in management and their theoretical basis/mode of operation.

It is intended that those who graduate from this unit will have an advanced knowledge of this condition with a practical understanding of the latest methods of detection and management.

The course draws upon the expertise of a large number of academic and clinically qualified staff within the University of Manchester and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

Successful completion of the glaucoma module can form part of an MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences. To complete the MSc you will need to take a further 6 modules and a dissertation.

Aims

The principle aim of this module is to provide qualified UK optometrists and healthcare professionals with advanced knowledge on the diagnosis and management of glaucoma:

  1. To provide a physiological and pathophysiological basis for the understanding of the management of the glaucomas
  2. To provide a comprehensive knowledge of the technologies and their application in the diagnosis and monitoring of the glaucomas
  3. To provide an understanding of the approach to, and the various treatment modalities for, the management of the glaucomas

Teaching and learning

The course uses a blended approach to learning incorporating lectures, practicals, e-learning (distance) and the submission of written work (lab reports and essays).

Coursework and assessment

For details on assessment please see the course unit syllabus.

Course unit details

The module will adopt the requirements of the developing glaucoma curriculum for optometric roles in the detection and management of COAG and OHT.

Topics covered include:

  • Glaucoma classification and epidemiology
    • Classification of the glaucomas
    • Epidemiology of primary open angle glaucoma
  • Anatomy and physiology
    • Pathophysiology of aqueous production and the control of IOP
    • Pathophysiology of the optic nerve head and nerve fibre layer
    • Pathophysiology of the anterior chamber and drainage angle
    • Blood supply to the optic nerve head
  • Perimetry 1
    • Perimetric techniques (measuring thresholds in the untrained).
    • Quantification and reliability indices
    • Quantification of progressive loss in glaucoma
  • Perimetry 2
    • Visual field loss in glaucoma
    • Practical - visual field tests
  • Imaging 1
    • Imaging of the optic nerve head (SLO, HRT, GDx OCT, Multispectral imaging)
    • Imaging of the anterior chamber (OCT and UBM)
    • The optic nerve head in glaucoma
    • Practical - e-learning evaluation of optic nerve head
  • Imaging 2
    • Practical - imaging devices
    • Structure function relationship
  • Tonometry
    • Measurement of the IOP and corneal thickness
    • Other examination techniques
    • Multifocal VEPs, pupillometry
  • Management of the glaucomas
    • Medical
    • Surgical
  • Screening
    • Principles and practice of screening for glaucoma
    • Appraising diagnostic tests (sensitivity, specificity Likelihood ratios, PPV, NPV, etc)
  • Co-management of glaucoma
    • NICE Guidelines
    • Referral refinement schemes
    • Optometric led HES schemes
    • Optometric community schemes

Facilities

A wide range of equipment (tonometers, perimeters, imaging devices) is available for the practical sessions.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

Completion of this module can lead to an enhanced role in the detection and management of glaucoma.

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