Low vision

Course code ORT6022
30 credits


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Key dates

Closing date for applications: 17 February 2023

Start date: 6 March 2023 (Commences with a virtual introductory day on Monday 6 March 2023 times TBC)

End date: 11 August 2023

Mode of attendance

A virtual introductory day will be held online at the start of the module. Further details will be made available upon application.

Written online assessment of clinical skill

1.5-hour exam, which must be taken within the period 23-24 June 2023, 12 noon inclusive.


1. To provide information, training and experience of a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to low vision service provision.
2. To enable Orthoptists to become competent low-vision practitioners.

Overview of content

  1. The effect of ageing on the visual system
  2. UK Vision Strategy, policy context and national groups
  3. Visual impairment and the rehabilitation process
  4. Coping with sight loss
  5. Lighting and contrast
  6. Functional visual assessment
  7. Central and peripheral field loss
  8. Low vision aids & assistive technology
  9. Very severe visual loss
  10. Children with visual loss
  11. Communicating with children with vision impairment
  12. Integrating healthcare & education for children with vision impairment

Low vision module practical element - work planning guidance

Who can study this module?

This module is available to anybody with a relevant qualification in the eye care profession, such as Orthoptists, Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Ophthalmic nurses and dispensing optometrists.  The course is delivered fully online and therefore available to overseas students.


This module is available for study as a standalone module and as an optional module for either the MMedSci ACP Ophthalmology (paediatrics) or MMedSci (Vision and Strabismus) programmes.

You could therefore combine this module with another from the MMedSci Vision and Strabismus programme to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Vision and Strabismus (60 credits), or combine this with another 90 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) as long as the credits are gained within a five-year time span.

You will receive a certificate of completion once you have successfully completed the module.

BIOS accreditation

This module has been awarded the course Level 2 accreditation by the British and Irish Orthoptic Society. 

How to apply for the module

Please visit our how to apply page.

Tuition fees for individual modules

Additional requirements

For this module, you will need to undertake clinical work at your home clinic. You will need to complete and return a Manager's Consent form. Please send the completed and signed form by email to orthoptics@sheffield.ac.uk at the same time that you submit your application. Alternatively, you can post it to us (see contact details).

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