Fellowship in clinical optometry

Introduction

Optometrists from a broad spectrum of practice have the opportunity to demonstrate their achievements in the workplace or other areas related to the Advancement of optometry. The successful applicant for Fellowship will have made a significant contribution to the  practice of optometry, showing excellence and/or innovation in one or more of the categories set out below

Clinical practice

The provision of visual or wider healthcare

Optometric research

Optometric education

The management of visual healthcare

Higher qualifications in vision science

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Objective :

Course Details :

To understand the basic and advanced principles of Clinical Optometry

To do a thorough comprehensive eye examination

To be familiar with basic and advanced diagnostic procedures in Optometry

To be a competent Optometry Professional with exposure to multi-lingual, multi cultural Clinical environmental and ability to handle different types of patients

To make appropriate referrals

EligibilityDegree in Optometry
No of seats4 per year
DurationOne year (Full time Regular Rotational Clinical Postings in various departments of Lotus Eye Hospital and its branch    hospitals)
StipendRs.8000 per month for last 6 months

Scope and Objectives :

The Clinical Optometry fellowship course is a 1 year programme designed to provide intensive clinical experience in evaluating patients in a comprehensive Optometric and Ophthalmological set up at Lotus Eye Hospital and Institute at Peelamedu/RSPuram. The fellowship aims to improve in-depth knowledge in handling advanced instruments and interventional technologies in Optometry and to enhance the Clinical competency in all the specialty departments of Optometry.

The objectives of the fellowship include

To review basic refraction techniques including over fogging procedures.

To learn the Strabismic and Non-strabismic binocular vision anomalies.

To learn the basic Binocular Vision (BV) assessments & Vision Therapy protocols

To learn Diplopia and Hess charting and interpretation of the results, to measure the diplopia and isolate the affected muscle in Cranial nerve palsies ( III,IV &IV).

To learn the art of Prism Prescription.

To learn to prescribe field expanders for Hemianopic patients

To learn the art of determining the power and dispense Contact lenses

To learn to assess vision, sensory motor tests in children, to learn to rule out Amblyopia and its management, to learn about Nystagmus and its optometric evaluation and intervention.

To learn Aberrometry, ORBSCAN and other preliminary tests pre Refractive Surgery

To learn A scan, different types of IOL and the power calculation and Specular Microscope

To do Humphery Visual field (HVF), Fundus Fluorescein Angiography(FFA) and Ophthalmic Photography

To learn the Community Eye care services to serve the poor and need with basic vision care

To learn to plan and execute a research project and to publish in the peer reviewed journals.

COURSE ACTIVITY PLAN

S. NOROTATION – 4 CYCLESOPTOMETRY POSTINGSOBJECTIVES OF LEARNING
1.Module IGOPD AND REFRACTION CLINIC1. History taking, Vision Assessment, expertise in Refractive Procedures and case specific workups.
2. Learn Basic instrumentation – Retinoscopy, Slit lamp biomicroscopy, Applanation tonometry, Keratometry, HFA etc.
Internal Faculty
2.Module II1. CONTACT LENSDevelop proficiency in
1. preliminary assessment for CL fitting
2. SCL trial fitting and assessment
3. CL dispensing and managing followups
Internal Faculty
2. LOW VISION CLINIC1. Evidence based approach of low vision care in different disease conditions
2. To learn elaborate low vision workup and dispensing of optical and non optical aids for any low vision cases
3. To learn Counseling and appropriate referrals
Internal Faculty
3. OPHTHALMIC DISPENSING1. To develop a professional approach in Spectacle dispensing.
2. To learn the market trends and demands
3. To learn the Trouble shooting tactics
Internal Faculty
3Module IIIBINOCULAR VISION AND PEDIATRIC OPTOMETRY CLINIC1. To learn and practice the standardized optometric approach in pediatric patients.
2. Expertise in Pediatric vision assessment and refractive procedures
3. Detailed approach for binocular vision anomalies including BV assessment , Diagnostic Criteria, Narrowing down to diagnosis, Vision therapy for BV cases,
4. To Manage In office and Home VT for Nystagmus, learning disorders, Diagnosis and management of Accommodative anomalies
Internal Faculty
4.Module IVOCULAR DIAGNOSTICSTo attain proficiency and skill approach in following diagnostics – A Scan, Bscan, Corneal topography, Aberrometry, Fundus photography, FFA and OCT,Internal Faculty

MCQs, fill in the blanks and match the following or descriptive questions.

Case presentation will also be included in continuous assessments. The final assessment is based on a case presentation made by the fellow, a written exam, viva voce and publication in an optometry

The fellowship might be extended depending on the performance of the candidate

50% is considered as pass. Less than 50 % needs to appear for a re exam

Certificate with grades will be issued upon satisfactory performance of the candidate

Course highlights

Study materials provided

CME Programs

Interactive sessions with senior faculty

Wider clinical / academic exposure

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