Module Overview

Introductory Vision Rehabilitation

The purpose of this module is to give the dispensing optician the ability to appreciate the expectations and requirements of low vision patients, forming part of a multi-disciplinary team in the management of visually- impaired individuals. This includes the training and dispensing of basic optical and non-optical low vision aids. Students will also develop an understanding of the effects of commonly-encountered eye diseases and systemic diseases on vision. This includes an overview of the impact of such visual impairment and associated disability on the quality of life of the individual.

Module Code

OPTO 2812

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change
  •       A theoretical overview of visual and systemic conditions causing visual impairment commonly encountered in optometric practice including features of the visual loss and visual changes experienced by the visually-impaired individual suffering from these conditions.
  •       A theoretical overview of quality-of-life measures used to assess the impact of visual impairment on the individual.
  •       A theoretical summary of legal and other definitions (as applicable to the ROI, UK) associated with functional visual loss.
  •       A theoretical overview of the stages of loss associated with visual impairment–as experienced by both the visually-impaired individual and their families.
  •       A theoretical overview of factors constituting good and poor prognoses in vision rehabilitation settings.
  •       A theoretical overview of the dispensing optician’s role in the multi-disciplinary management of a visually-impaired individual.
  •       A theoretical overview of appropriate communication strategies used when dealing with visually-impaired individuals.
  •       A theoretical and practical implementation of the skills and strategies for the assessment of the visually-impaired individual.
  •       A theoretical and practical demonstration of the appropriate selection and use of common basic optical and non-optical low vision aids.
  •       A theoretical overview of appropriate lighting techniques to be recommended to vision rehabilitation patients.
  •       A theoretical overview of appropriate training techniques used to familiarise a visually-impaired individual with the use of low vision aids.A theoretical overview of the appropriate multi-disciplinary monitoring and aftercare of a visually-impaired individual

The theoretical components of this module are to be delivered via a mix of lecture-based delivery and self- directed learning (online and offline).

The practical components of this module are to be delivered in 2 x 2 hour labs.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40