University of Manchester

University of Manchester


The course covers the theoretical knowledge needed to detect and manage glaucoma. It will cover the structural and functional losses seen in glaucoma and the therapeutic options. Emphasis will be placed on the instrumentation and techniques used in management and their theoretical basis/mode of operation. It is intended that those who graduate from this unit will have an advanced knowledge of this condition with a practical understanding of the latest methods of detection and management.

Entry requirements

All applicants need to be qualified optometrists or healthcare professionals with ophthalmic experience; those with overseas qualifications also need an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

Course modules

Modules include: Glaucoma classification and epidemiology; classification of the glaucomas; epidemiology of primary open angle glaucoma; anatomy and physiology; pathophysiology of aqueous production and the control of iop; pathophysiology of the optic nerve head and nerve fibre layer; pathophysiology of the anterior chamber and drainage angle; blood supply to the optic nerve head; perimetry 1; perimetric techniques (measuring thresholds in the untrained); quantification and reliability indices; quantification of progressive loss in glaucoma; perimetry 2; visual field loss in glaucoma; practical - visual field tests; imaging 1; imaging of the optic nerve head (slo, hrt, gdx oct, multispectral imaging); imaging of the anterior chamber (oct and ubm); the optic nerve head in glaucoma; practical - e-learning evaluation of optic nerve head; imaging 2; practical - imaging devices; structure function relationship; tonometry; measurement of the iop and corneal thickness; other examination techniques; multifocal veps, pupillometry; management of the glaucomas; medical; surgical; screening; principles and practice of screening for glaucoma; appraising diagnostic tests (sensitivity, specificity likelihood ratios, ppv, npv, etc); co-management of glaucoma; nice guidelines; referral refinement schemes; optometric led hes schemes; optometric community schemes.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time - 11 weeks

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

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