Low Vision Honours
The Low Vision Honours course for you if you are a qualified dispensing optician, contact lens optician, orthoptist, optometrist or ophthalmologist and you have that have an interest in working with patients with low vision.
The Low Vision Honours course is delivered by a method called ‘blended learning’ that consists of practice based learning, block release and online distance learning coursework for which you need regular access to a computer and the internet.
Please note: this course leads to the ABDO Low Vision Honours examinations. The costs for these exams is not included in the course fee. For details of costings and schedules, please contact ABDO Exams and Registration.
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.
The theory course runs from January to July each year and includes a short period of intensive study (four days) at Godmersham. It is expected that students will sit theory examinations in the subsequent September. Case records and preparation for practical examinations will be dependent on the number of patients that the student is able to assess and may therefore be taken at a later date.
The Low Vision Honours course prepares students for the ABDO Diploma in The Assessment & Management of Low Vision. It is an ‘honours level’ qualification that has been accredited by Ofqal (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) as Level 6 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). This means that it is at the same academic level as a Bachelors degree with honours or graduate diploma.
The Low Vision Honours course is delivered by a method called ‘blended learning’ that consists of practice based learning, block release and distance learning coursework.
We will send you some coursework material to work through and some assignment questions to answer for each part of the course. We will also allocate you a personal tutor and send you their contact details and a timetable for you to work to. There are 23 units of coursework that you will work through over one or two weeks according to the timetable. You then send your work to your personal tutor who will mark it for you and return it to you with some feedback. As the course is at honours level, you will also need to undertake some additional research and read around the subject in order to gain a thorough understanding of the subject. You can expect this coursework to take you approximately 20 hours per week and you will need to be disciplined to make sure you keep up.
Block release is a four day period of intensive study that will support you with your theory and practical studies and give you the chance to meet some of your fellow students. There will be one of these block release periods in each year. Block release is held at ABDO College in Godmersham, Kent and it is a compulsory part of the course for all students.
The block release for 2019 will take place 11th -14th March.
While you are studying the Low Vision Honours course you will also be working in practice as a registered dispensing optician 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. Fifteen 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.
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.
Yes, it is essential that you develop a significant level of experience in the assessment of patients with low vision.
You must hold the ABDO Level 6 Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing (FBDO) or be a qualified orthoptist, optometrist or ophthalmologist.
If you are unsure about your eligibility to undertake the Low Vision Honours course please call us and we will be happy to discuss your options with you.
Yes, you will need to retain full membership for the duration of your course.
Yes, as a practicing dispensing optician you will need to retain full registration for the duration of your course.
The Low Vision Honours course run by ABDO College prepares students for the Diploma in The Assessment & Management of Low Vision examinations available from the Association of British Dispensing Opticians which leads to the Level 6 FBDO (Hons) LVA qualification.
Optics (2nd edition) – A H Tunnacliffe/J G Hirst
Principles of Ophthalmic Lenses (5th edition) – M Jalie
Ocular Anatomy & Histology (3rd Edition) – D M Pipe / L J Rapley
Low Vision Principles & Practice – C Dickinson
British Standard BS EN ISO 15253: 2000 – Optical Devices for Low Vision Aids – BSI
Clinical Ophthalmology – A Synopsis – Kanski
Eye Essentials – Low Vision Assessment – J Macnaughton
Introduction to Visual Optics (4th edition) – A H Tunnacliffe
Low Vision an Inter-Professional Approach – N Andrew, R Harsant, C Lawrence
Low Vision Manual – Jackson and Wolffsohn
Management & Practice of Low Visual Acuity – A T Dowie
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. We may also be able to put you in touch with other members who have previously completed this course.
Call the courses team at ABDO College on 01227 738 829 (option 1). Any member of the team will be happy to help you.
It is likely that you will need the support of your employer and you will need to ensure that you will have access to patients. Find out about the low vision services in your area and where you can gain practical skills and clinic time with patients. If possible identify someone knowledgeable about visual impairment and the provision of services who is willing to be a mentor during your studies. Then, please call us!
We recommend that you apply in good time as there are a small and limited number of spaces on the course and when it is full, it is full! It is possible to join the waiting list for the following intake if there is no space on the current course.
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.
Low Vision Honours - Guides and forms
Low Vision Hons - Application Form (Feb 2019 Start)// 0mb
Low Vision Hons - Guidance Notes 2019pdf // 0.18mb
Low Vision Hons - Sample Timetable 2018pdf // 0.17mb
Practical experience in low vision dispensingpdf // 0.04mb
General Withdrawal Formpdf // 0.17mb
Low Vision Honours - Booklistpdf // 0.33mb