Specialist Certificate in the Management of Low Vision Patients
The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences has been reviewing the training needs of professional optometrists and the historical engagement of students in postgraduate training programs. This review has led to the closure of a number of existing programs and the introduction of the Master of Clinical Optometry (MClinOptom) and six Specialist Certificates.
The Specialist Certificate in the Clinical Management of Low Vision is an award certificate. The main change to the existing subject is a change to the subject title and the revision of total study commitment time to achieve consistency with current University guidelines.
Topics covered within this course include the epidemiology and geographic distribution of blindness; the roles and methods within the rehabilitative team for the support and rehabilitation of the visually disabled; the procedures for comprehensive assessment of visual disability and the management of patients with partial sight; and the principles and performance of optical, non-optical and technological aids for the enhancement of low vision. Emphasis is on clinical set-up, application and support of patients with low vision.