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Dr Derek Dunstone is a Doctor of Optometry and has considerable experience teaching. He is an Examiner and Assessor for the College of Optometrists and Examiner (Refraction Practical) for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

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Private tutorials are also available — practical and theoretical tuition by appointment for optometrists and ophthalmologists.

Courses are held in private Practice in South Suffolk for Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and other eye care practitioners. Courses can be tailor made and can be held at alternative locations or countries by arrangement. For example, a one week course in optics, refraction (including advanced retinoscopy techniques) and low vision service was held in Mater Dei Hospital, Malta 2011, 2016 & 2022. Please contact me for further information or to arrange possible dates.

Although meeting in person is ideal, a great deal of knowledge can be taught via Zoom if necessary, through lectures and demonstration. These practical refraction tips are most difficult to ascertain from books. For many years I have provided video teaching and delegates have found this incredibly useful. This course, followed up by practice on your own patients, should ensure the necessary skills are gained. 

You are most welcome to arrange individual tuition. I often provide individual tuition for those who want assistance in a specific area of refraction or optics, and this teaching is always found to be very useful by the delegates. The sessions can be tailored to your own requirements and my fee is £90 per hour via Zoom or £120 per hour in person. A group session can be arranged which is even more cost effective and fee available on request.

I have provided many courses each year since September 2000. The course is held in my private practice in South Suffolk. Hadleigh is a historic market town, which has a good choice of accommodation and is situated 9 miles from Ipswich. For recommended local accommodation, travel information and map click here.

The object of the course is to teach the theory and practice of refraction and is of particular help for those studying for the refraction examinations of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists or Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. A detailed step-by-step guide on to how to successfully refract will be taught giving an enormous amount of tips, which will mean you can return to practice your refraction with much more confidence. Tuition will be provided into each of the RCOphth OSCE station subject areas. The course is suitable both for doctors just starting to refract, as well as those wishing to fine-tune their technique. Orthoptists, eye nurses and other medical specialities are also most welcome and have previously attended.

To apply for a course please email Derek Dunstone This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If no reply received within 24 hours, the message may not have been received and so please call me on 07742996601.


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3 Queen Street, Hadleigh, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 5DZ Tel: 01473 823755