Low vision

Course code ORT6022
30 credits


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Key dates

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.

Online clinical examination

1.5 hour exam, which must be taken within the period 24-25 June 2022, 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
9.   Very severe visual loss
10. Children with visual loss

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. Currently we have Low Vision nurses, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists studying with us. 


If you study any two standalone modules from the Division of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, these would be combined to enable the award of a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits). Any four standalone modules would enable the award of 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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