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 - ABDO College

Low Vision Honours

Course Overview

Course duration

2 semesters of blended learning including block release attendance and online lectures. Most students take around 18-24 months to complete the programme, depending on the collection of the appropriate case records, and undertaking the required practical experience.


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

Application deadline

28th August 2022

Entry requirements

Applicants should be a qualified dispensing optician, contact lens optician, orthoptist, optometrist or ophthalmologist and must retain GOC registration throughout the programme

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) and practical training tasks. Teaching materials are paperless - IT requirements are listed below.

Course start date

13th September 2022

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.

ABDO Low Vision Honours syllabus is available here

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, one in each semester. They based at the ABDO College campus in Godmersham, Kent.

Block 1 = 31/10/22 to 03/11/22 inclusive.

Block 2 = 20/02/22 to 22/02/22 inclusive.

Learning materials and IT requirements

The LV Hons programme uses a paperless system in order to work alongside ABDO College’s commitment to sustainability. Therefore, all handouts and block materials are made available to all students at the beginning of the academic year through the Virtual Learning Environment. We encourage all students to attend block release with IT equipment to use for note taking. To facilitate this, power sources are available in all classrooms and all block materials are fully editable, meaning students can make notes in a way that suits them. Should students prefer to make handwritten notes, they are required to print their materials ahead of block release and bring them along.

All examinations are run by ABDO Exams and Registration. From 2022, Theory exams will be online. Students will need access to a PC, a stable internet connection, a webcam and a mic.

Low Vision Honours - Booklist