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 - ABDO College

Low Vision Honours

Course Overview

Course duration

6 months theoretical study. Most students take around 18-24 months to complete the course, depending on the collection of the appropriate case records, and undertaking the required practical experience.


£2250 course fee. Examinations are not included and are run by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians Examination and Registration department.

Application deadline

11th September 2021

Entry requirements

Applicants should be a qualified dispensing optician, contact lens optician, orthoptist, optometrist or ophthalmologist

Course structure

Students study via 'blended learning'. This refers to a combination of distance learning, teaching at the College as well as learning in practice. Students complete weekly distance learning assignments (all online), take part in 1 online 4 day teaching block and attend the College in Godmersham, Kent, for 1 residential block lasting 3 days.

Course start date

28th September 2021

Course Details

The Low Vision Honours course is for qualified dispensing opticians, contact lens opticians, orthoptists, optometrists or ophthalmologists that have a specialist interest in working with patients with low vision. Qualified orthoptists that are interested in learning more about low vision may undertake the theory part of this course. However, orthoptists are not permitted to complete the practical elements, examinations nor dispense spectacles or spectacle mounted low vision aids and would therefore not gain any qualification from this study.

While you are studying the Low Vision Honours course you will also be working in practice as a registered practitioner and developing a significant level of experience in the assessment of patients with low vision. The opportunity to work in hospital clinic setting or a rehabilitation centre would greatly enhance your experience and contribute appropriately to your learning in this specialist field. Ten case records that demonstrate assessment procedures, selection and fitting of low vision aids and an aftercare regime for a minimum of three months will need to be submitted to ABDO prior to practical examinations.


Objective and subjective refraction, low vision assessment and registration procedures, magnification, availability and use of magnifiers, psychological impact of visual loss, appliances and training for the patient with low vision, contrast sensitivity, illumination & filters, ocular pathology and low vision, rehabilitation and living with visual impairment, collation of case records for examination purposes.

For further details please contact our Low Vision Honours subject leader, Simon Butterfield, on sbutterfield@abdocollege.org.uk

Block release

Students will receive the benefit of 2 periods of block release (previously 1). The first will be 5 days commencing 3rd November 2021. These sessions will be entirely online giving the students valuable teaching time, without the need to travel.

The 2nd block is scheduled for 8th to 10th April 2022. This period is currently planned to be held at the College in Godmersham and will cover applied practical elements of the Low Vision syllabus as well as real life patient interactions. This is all Covid 19 permitting of course.

Low Vision Honours - Booklist