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 - ABDO College

Certificate in Optical Care at SCQF level 5

QUALIFICATIONS ACCREDITED IN SCOTLAND

Introduction

A qualification accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, and introduced at the request of NHS Education for Scotland (NES) to drive up skill levels in optometric practices throughout that country. It can be used as a stepping stone towards the Certificate in Optical Care at SCQF level 7 and more advanced qualifications.

The course is supported by three workshops held in Scotland, with examinations being online or paper based, taken at a venue in Scotland.

The Examination

The duration of the written or e-assessment examination will be two hours. There will be three questions, or sets of questions to be answered on each unit, each taking about 7–8 minutes to answer. Questions will be a mix of Multiple Choice Questions, diagrams and short answer questions. The format of the written and e-assessment examinations will be identical. The pass mark for each unit is set at 50%. If a candidate fails any unit, the unit can be retaken on its own, at specified times within three years. There are no grades awarded. Candidates simply pass or fail.

Outline Syllabus

UNIT 1: RESPONSIBILITIES IN OPTICS

  • Understanding the roles, legal responsibilities and limitations of people working in optical practice
  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the health care and professional bodies in ophthalmic optics
  • Understanding how the optical industry works

UNIT 2: COMMUNICATION IN OPTICAL CUSTOMER SERVICE

  • Understanding the skills required for effective communication in optical customer service
  • Understanding communication methods
  • Understanding how to achieve excellent customer service in optics

UNIT 3: THE EYE AND AMETROPIA

  • Understanding the basic anatomy, function and pathology of the eye and the common eye conditions including myopia, hypermetropia, astigmatism, presbyopia as well as binocular vision and visual fields
  • Understanding optical prescriptions and transposition
  • Understanding of cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes and their treatment and the advantages and disadvantages of the treatment

UNIT 4: SUPPORTING THE PROVISION OF SPECTACLE LENSES IN OPTICAL PRACTICE

  • Understanding the optics of spectacle lenses
  • Understanding the types of spectacle lenses
  • Understanding the types of protective eyewear
  • Understanding the types of other special spectacle lenses
  • Understanding the manufacture of spectacle lenses
  • Understanding the coating and tinting of spectacle lenses
  • Understanding optical centres, PDs and centration in the dispensing of spectacle lenses
  • Understanding the importance of prisms when dispensing spectacle lenses

UNIT 5: SUPPORTING THE PROVISION OF OPTICAL SCREENING

  • Understanding the principles of field screening
  • Understanding the principles of auto-refraction
  • Understanding the principles of non-contact tonometry
  • Understanding the principles of fundus photography and optical coherence tomography
  • Understanding how to deal with common emergencies that may occur in the screening procedure
  • Understanding the pathology of the eye to enable identification of an optical emergency

FAQs

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If you are working in a support role in an optometric practice, then you will probably already have many of the required skills. You do not need any particular academic qualification, just basic numeracy and literacy.

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You may prepare yourself to sit the qualifying examination in any way you chose. However, if you feel the need for preparatory training, and you cannot find a training provider near you, you should consider enrolling on the distance learning course run by ABDO College. This one-year course requires only a few hours study per week, and your personal tutor will take you through a series of assignments covering the syllabus at a pace that suits your other commitments.

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You may be able to obtain sponsorship from NHS Education for Scotland (NES). If not, you should contact ABDO College for details of current fees.

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Call us. We are happy to answer questions about the available courses from ABDO College and to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

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Call the courses team at ABDO College on 01227 738 829 (option 1). Any member of the team will be happy to help you.

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For an information pack with details of the next intake, fees, deadline and an application form contact us by telephone, fax, email, post or via the ABDO College website.