Module Overview

Paediatric optometry

This module relates the theoretical and clinical application of knowledge acquired in other subject areas to the assessment and management of visual problems encountered in childhood. Students will develop clinical skills and decision-making abilities related to developmental milestones, the detection of abnormal ocular conditions and appropriate referral and the age-appropriate optometric assessment and management of an infant or child. The role of, and remediation of, vision in learning disabilities will be discussed. Paediatric vision screening will also be discussed. Clinical practice in Paediatric Optometry will be undertaken in specialist clinics and/or as part of a community based learning project.

Module Code

OPTO 4812

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

- Vision and its development: visual and physical milestones; - Vision disorders in childhood: pathological and non-pathological, signs and symptoms; -Myopia management;- Vision in learning disabilities: visual skills required in the classroom, identification of visual problems associated with learning disabilities, role of optometric remediation in addressing these disabilities as part of a multidisciplinary team; - Age-appropriate paediatric optometric examination: refraction, binocular function assessment, ancillary tests; - Age-appropriate paediatric optometric management and prescription; - Paediatric vision screening: selection of procedures, screening process, other considerations; - Referral refinement in paediatric optometry; - Prevalence of visual problems in a paediatric population; - The CORU Optical Registration Board Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Optometrists. The CORU Standards of Proficiency for Optometrists covered wholly or in part by this module are in the following domains: 1. Professional Autonomy and Accountability, 2. Communication, 3. Communication, Collaborative Practice and Teamworking, 4. Professional Development and 5. Professional Knowledge and Skills

Lectures, practicals, E-learning, directed study, self-directed study, tutorials, specialist clinics, and/or school vision screenings.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50