Refraction and Optics for Ophthalmologists

Friday 13th - Saturday 14th November 2020

Read on for course details, fees, and how to apply:

Thank you for your interest in this course, which has been held at least three times each year since September 2000. I am an Assessor and Examiner for The College of Optometrists and 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.

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 12 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.

The course covers in lectures, demonstrations and workshops the following topics: -

    Assessment of Vision
    Objective Refraction (Retinoscopy)
    Subjective Clinical Refraction
    Lens (Hand) Neutralisation and Focimetry

Refraction skills will be assisted by supervised practice on fellow delegates and model eyes. Each delegate may thus be asked to have soft contact lenses inserted to induce ametropia.

Registration is from 2pm on the Friday, with lectures running from 2.30pm to 8.30pm. The course then runs 9.30am - 5pm on the Saturday. The Friday session teaches Geometric and Clinical Optics (including ametropia and its correction), Assessment of Vision, and Retinoscopy and Subjective Clinical Refraction lectures. The Saturday session will run 9.30pm – 5pm and includes refraction workshops (where delegates can practice on each other and ask questions in small groups) and focimetry workshop. The fee for this two day course is £545, and includes supper on the Friday, lunch on Saturday and a pair of most useful confirmation 'flippers'.

To secure your place please complete the application form and forward with payment - for Courses page, with link to on-line application, click here. Once payment has been received a receipt will be sent with confirmation of attendance. For details of recommended local accommodation, travel information and map click here

If you are unable to attend the course you are most welcome to attend for individual tuition, which is available by appointment and can be provided in person or via Skype! I often provide individual tuition for those unable to attend a course, or 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 from anything from 3 hours up to 12 hours (over 2 days) and normally include a couple of hours theory/teaching, a refraction demonstration, practice on patients and mock examination if required. The sessions can be tailored to your own requirements and my fee is £140 per hour.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Yours faithfully  

Dr Derek J Dunstone BSc (Hons) DOptom MCOptom

 Delegates and tutors at course dinner:

course dinner

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