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 - ABDO College

Certificate in Optical Care at SCQF level 7

QUALIFICATIONS ACCREDITED IN SCOTLAND

The examination

The learner will be assessed through a separate written examination for each unit: a mix of multiple choice questions, short answer and essay style questions. 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: THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS IN AN OPTICAL PRACTICE AND CONTACT LENS CARE

  • Understand the legal requirements that apply in an optical practice and their relevance to the role of an optical assistant
  • Understand the health and safety requirements in an optical practice and their relevance to the role of an optical assistant
  • Understand the importance of patient safety, particularly in relation to contact lens supply and aftercare
  • Understand the legal implications of the supply of contact lenses and aftercare, with aftercare regimens
  • Understand the limitations of responsibility and authority of the optical assistant in contact lens supply

UNIT 2: OPTICAL SCREENING

  • Understand how to interpret optical prescriptions
  • Understand the applications of field screening
  • Understand the application of auto-refraction
  • Understand the application of non-contact tonometry in measuring intra-ocular pressure
  • Understand the importance of fundus photography and optical coherence tomography
  • Understand the actions required when confronted with an optical emergency

UNIT 3: SUPPORTING THE PROVISION OF SPECTACLES IN OPTICAL PRACTICE

  • Understand the design principles for spectacles
  • Understand the selection process for dispensing multi-focal lenses including bifocals and trifocals
  • Understand the measurements required prior to the supply of spectacles
  • Understand the principles involved in the use of low vision appliances
  • Understand the principles of fitting spectacles
  • Understand the types of lens coatings and their applications
  • Understand the importance of the care of spectacles
  • Understand the use and limitations of protective eyewear

UNIT 4: SUPPORTING THE PROVISION OF LOW VISION AIDS IN OPTICAL PRACTICE

  • Understand the terms relating to low vision
  • Understand the importance of the case history for patients with low vision
  • Understand the anatomy of the retina, anterior chamber and related structures and the relevant pathological conditions
  • Understand the importance of illumination for low vision patients
  • Understand the care requirements for people with low vision
  • Understand the use of low vision appliances

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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It is not compulsory, however it is strongly recommended that you have achieved a comparable Level 5 qualification.

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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.