Ulster University

Ulster University

Cataract and Refractive Surgery (Theory)

The course covers the basics of refractive surgery from how excimer lasers work to ablation profiles and topography and aberrometry; it progresses through microkeratomes and femtosecond lasers to LASEK, LASIK, phakic IOLs and clear lens extractions and the complications and management of each; pre-op assessment and post-op follow-up, prevention and management of complications, surgical variants of phaco, and modern intraocular lenses (IOLs) for cataract surgery will also be covered; it is designed to be a complete introduction to the how, what and when of cataract and refractive surgery.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree qualifications can be ophthalmology, optometry or any related subject at a pass level; each applicant may be assessed on his or her individual merit and previous employment profile. Medical entrants should hold an active GMC or equivalent body registration; where relevant, students will be required to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE Grade C or equivalent); exceptionally candidates who do not satisfy the requirements above and who hold other qualifications and professional experience may be admitted; for non-native English speakers the required English Language standard for admission is IELTS 6.0 (with no contributing band at less than 5.5), TOEFL 550.

Course modules

Introduction to theoretical aspects of refractive surgery; pre-operative assessment in cataract and refractive surgery; the theory of excimer laser refractive surgery; complications of refractive surgery; correction of regular and irregular astigmatism; understanding phakic IOLs; correction of presbyopia; the theory of cataract surgery; business development, clinical governance and medico legal issues; cataract and refractive surgery research dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Distance learning - 1 years
MSc Distance learning - 1 years

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