UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Glaucoma Level 2 (Higher Certificate)

Moorfields Eye Hospital, City Road, London, United Kingdom

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Our one year blended course is designed around the needs of professional optometrists and leads to a College of Optometrists professional qualification. Whilst the majority of the course is delivered online, it also includes two face-to-face study days at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

The programme provides optometrists with the skills to confidently diagnose ocular hypertension (OHT) and to make preliminary diagnoses of chronic open angle glaucoma (COAG) without supervision. It further develops skills in detecting change and decision-making in at risk patients.

Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is the most productive eye research institute and hospital partnership in the world. This unique partnership is key to us being able to deliver the clinical requirements set out by the College of Optometrists to achieve the Higher Level Professional Certificate in Glaucoma.

Course content

This programme will be taught by Moorfields ophthalmologists who are leaders in this field. Subjects covered will include:

  • Unit 1 – Ocular Hypertension
  • Unit 2 – Differential Diagnosis of COAG
  • Unit 3 – Gonioscopy
  • Unit 4 – Intraocular Pressure
  • Unit 5 – Anti Glaucoma Medication
  • Unit 6 – Patient Examination
  • Unit 7 – Imaging
  • Unit 8 – Lifestyles & Social Aspects of Glaucoma
  • Unit 9 – Clinical Governance
  • Unit 10 – Clinical Decision Making
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will gain skills and knowledge to:

  • Perform a gonioscopic examination of the anterior chamber angle – identify anatomical structures – grade the angle width – interpret the significance of clinical findings.
  • Diagnose OHT or COAG through an integration of clinical observations/results of clinical investigation.
  • Make appropriate management decisions in a patient with OHT.
  • Monitor the response to treatment in a patient with OHT and modify the management plan or refer if necessary.
  • Be aware of the contraindications of anti-glaucoma medications and be able to detect and manage drug-induced side effects.
  • Inform patients of the rationale for monitoring their condition and an ability to explain the risk of developing glaucoma.
  • Counsel patients regarding the risk of blindness associated with glaucoma, risk to family members, and potential impact of the disease on lifestyle.
Course requirements

Candidates wishing to enrol must :

  • be General Optical Council (GOC) registered optometrists with a minumum of 2 years clinical experience
  • possess the Professional Certificate in Glaucoma
Course assessment

Course will be assesed using a combination of written assignments, exam and OSCES.

    • Good opportunity for hospital and community optometrists to share best practice, exchange ideas and knowledge.
    • Vast majority of the programme will be available online via distance learning which can be accessed outside working hours which will minimise disruption to working life, leave requirements and loss due to cancelled clinics.
    • Employer would benefit from staff who have specialist knowledge and qualified to work in specialist areas
      Course Accreditation

      Students will gain:

      • Professional Higher Certificate in Glaucoma accredited by the College of Optometrists
      • CET points awarded by General Optical Council
      Key dates


      Induction half day: Wednesday 31 October 2018 (from 12pm)

      Launch of online course: Wednesday 7 November 2018

      Face to face days: Tuesday 5 March and Wednesday 6 March 2019

      Exams: Wednesday 22 May 2019

      *The above dates may change if there are circumstances beyond our control