Short courses


Masterclass in Neuro-ophthalmology

  • 3 hours self-study
  • 7 hours of lectures (pre-recorded)


Neuro-ophthalmology is a subspeciality combining ophthalmology and neurology; it deals with the interplay between the eyes and the brain. In this course, you  will learn about the presentation, diagnosis, and management of key conditions encountered in neuro-ophthalmology.

This course is run jointly by the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital

Who this course is for 

The course is ideal for ophthalmologists and neurologists/physicians.

The following healthcare professionals will also find this course useful:

  • trainee doctors
  • general practitioners
  • medical students
  • extended-role optometrists
  • orthoptists
  • ophthalmic nurses

Course content 

The course is divided into two sections.

Assessment and Diagnostic Modalities 

You will learn about key neuro-anatomy, aiding the understanding of neuro-ophthalmic disease.

You will then explore diagnostic tools will, including:

  • Goldmann visual field testing
  • OCT
  • Neuro-imaging relevant to neuro-ophthalmology.

Clinically Oriented Overview

You will learn about the major presentations within the field, including:

  • Unilateral and bilateral optic nerve swelling
  • Optic nerve pallor
  • Visual field defects
  • Pupil abnormalities
  • 3rd/4th/6th cranial nerve palsies

You will receive an overview of the key features in the history, examination, investigation and management of each presentation, with emphasis on common and clinically important conditions.

Teaching and structure

The course content is designed so that you can go through the topics and pre-recorded lectures online at your own pace. There will be an online forum for asking questions.

The course will be hosted on UCL Extend, UCL's learning platform for short courses and professional education.

Access to the course materials will end one month after the course end date. This will be listed on the course area on UCL Extend.

Certificates and assessment 

There will be a multiple-choice quiz with 20 questions at the end of the course.

A certificate of completion will issued on completion of the multiple choice quiz and course feedback form.

Ophthalmologists are eligible for self-certification of CPD points at 1 point/hour in their portfolio.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key anatomy of the neuro-ophthalmic system, with emphasis on clinically relevant neuro-anatomy
  2. Take a targeted history in the neuro-ophthalmic patient
  3. Perform a targeted assessment in the neuro-ophthalmic patient
  4. Perform and interpret a Goldmann visual field
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the applications of OCT within neuro-ophthalmology and be able to apply this to clinical cases
  6. Display a clinically-orientated understanding of the imaging modalities that are used in neuro-ophthalmology (e.g. CT, MRI), including the clinical indications for each
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the clinical assessment, investigation and management of key neuro-ophthalmic presentations


The standard course fee is £650.

Course team

Dr Naz Raoof

Dr Naz Raoof

Naz is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Royal London Hospital. Her subspecialty interests are neuro-ophthalmology (both paediatric and adult), strabismus and paediatric ophthalmology.  She is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at UCL and the Deputy Programme Lead for the MSc Ophthalmology at UCL.

Course information last modified: 14 Nov 2023, 11:38