Academic excellence for business and the professions
Optometry & Visual Science
School of Health Sciences
Welcome to our O...
Who we are today
I am: Dr. Miriam Conway (lecturer)
Tour of the Optometry Department
Clinical skills
Dr Byki Huntjens
Ms L...
School of Health Sciences
 The team of eye care professionals
 What does an optometrist do?
 Employment facts
 Trainin...
The Team of Eye Care Professionals
School of Health Sciences
 Ophthalmologist
 Trained medical doctor specialising in ey...
Eye examination
School of Health Sciences
 The ‘refractive correction’
 Prescription of spectacles
 Contact lenses:
 F...
Ocular Health
School of Health Sciences
 Examining the retina
 Hypertension
 Diabetes
 Age-related macular degeneration
Ocular Health
School of Health Sciences
 Looking at the anterior eye
 Cataracts
 Corneal or conjunctival anomaly
Ocular Health
School of Health Sciences
 Screening for glaucoma
 Testing the intra-ocular pressure
 Examining visual fi...
Eye Examinations for All
School of Health Sciences
 Children
 The visually impaired
 Learning difficulties
What happens if the patient can’t read the
chart?
Seeing is believing
Employment Facts - where can you work?
School of Health Sciences
 High street practice
 Hospital
 Academia
 Industry
...
Employment Facts - How much will you earn?
 Pre-registration Earn £10 – 16k
 Primary eye care Earn £ 22 – 50k
High stre...
Training as an Optometrist
 City University London
 Aston University
 University of Bradford
 University of Manchester...
What do I need to become an optometrist?
 Strong academic background
 Ability in science, especially biology
 Manual de...
Becoming an Optometrist
 3 year degree course
 4 years at Glasgow
 4 years at Aston (Masters in
Optometry)
 BSc (Hons)...
BSc (Hons) Optometry at City
 112 places
 First year
General science
Ophthalmic lenses and dispensing
Clinical skills...
History
First centre for ophthalmic training in
UK
Northampton Institute
Course opened in 1898
But Modern Facilities
Clini...
New Clinical Skills Centre
New Clinics – open early 2015
The Programme
Course revamped for 2012
• More tutorials
• More Advanced Clinical Techniques
• Clinically Confident & Compe...
Research
High Quality Research
Diverse Staff
20 full-time staff;
Optometrists, Ophthalmologists,
Orthoptists, Dispensing O...
Teaching
Specialist staff teaching in areas underpinned by their
research and clinical expertise
School of Health Sciences
Clinical Expertise
 Moorfields Eye Hospital – the best eye hospital in Europe
 Paediatric, Low Vision & Special Needs cl...
Student Voice
Student staff liaison meetings
Departmental level
Student affairs meetings
School level
Optometry Society
An...
City @ London 2012
School of Health Sciences
Employment
Almost 100% employment
Assistance with applications
Large companies visit
Careers page on intranet – CV
writing...
A-Level Requirements
Requirements vary between departments
380 UCAS tariff points (AAB + C at AS)
At City preferred sub...
Seeing is believing
Entry requirements at City
 > 75% in Dispensing diploma - practical and theory
 Minimum of 2:1 in science / medicine rel...
Seeing is believing
Good Luck for the
Future
School of Health Sciences
Optometry, School of Health Sciences - City University London Undergraduate Open Day 29th June 2013.
Optometry, School of Health Sciences - City University London Undergraduate Open Day 29th June 2013.
Optometry, School of Health Sciences - City University London Undergraduate Open Day 29th June 2013.
Optometry, School of Health Sciences - City University London Undergraduate Open Day 29th June 2013.
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Optometry, School of Health Sciences - City University London Undergraduate Open Day 29th June 2013.

  1. 1. Academic excellence for business and the professions Optometry & Visual Science School of Health Sciences Welcome to our Open Day, 29 June 2013
  2. 2. Who we are today I am: Dr. Miriam Conway (lecturer) Tour of the Optometry Department Clinical skills Dr Byki Huntjens Ms Lynne Weddell (admissions) Biology laboratory Prof Ron Douglas School of Health Sciences
  3. 3. School of Health Sciences  The team of eye care professionals  What does an optometrist do?  Employment facts  Training to become an optometrist  What can I expect if I come to City?  Application Details  What’s next?
  4. 4. The Team of Eye Care Professionals School of Health Sciences  Ophthalmologist  Trained medical doctor specialising in eyes  Dispensing Optician  Provision of optical aids  Orthoptist  Binocular vision  Optometrist  Ophthalmic Optician
  5. 5. Eye examination School of Health Sciences  The ‘refractive correction’  Prescription of spectacles  Contact lenses:  Fitting  Follow up care
  6. 6. Ocular Health School of Health Sciences  Examining the retina  Hypertension  Diabetes  Age-related macular degeneration
  7. 7. Ocular Health School of Health Sciences  Looking at the anterior eye  Cataracts  Corneal or conjunctival anomaly
  8. 8. Ocular Health School of Health Sciences  Screening for glaucoma  Testing the intra-ocular pressure  Examining visual fields.
  9. 9. Eye Examinations for All School of Health Sciences  Children  The visually impaired  Learning difficulties
  10. 10. What happens if the patient can’t read the chart?
  11. 11. Seeing is believing
  12. 12. Employment Facts - where can you work? School of Health Sciences  High street practice  Hospital  Academia  Industry  Combination  Self-employed /Employed  100% employment
  13. 13. Employment Facts - How much will you earn?  Pre-registration Earn £10 – 16k  Primary eye care Earn £ 22 – 50k High street practice Children / elderly Contact lenses / the visually impaired  Secondary eye care Earn £ 20 – 90k Hospital Optometrist  Research Earn £ 20 – 90k  Practice / business management. ↑↑↑ School of Health Sciences
  14. 14. Training as an Optometrist  City University London  Aston University  University of Bradford  University of Manchester  Cardiff University  Anglia Ruskin University  Glasgow Caledonian University  University of Ulster  University of Plymouth. School of Health Sciences
  15. 15. What do I need to become an optometrist?  Strong academic background  Ability in science, especially biology  Manual dexterity  Great interpersonal skills  Ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds  Ability to think logically and laterally  A strong desire to become an optometrist School of Health Sciences
  16. 16. Becoming an Optometrist  3 year degree course  4 years at Glasgow  4 years at Aston (Masters in Optometry)  BSc (Hons) in Optometry  2:2 or better  Pre-registration period  Scheme for registration  Organised by College of Optometrists  Registration with the General Optical Council  Allowed to practice School of Health Sciences
  17. 17. BSc (Hons) Optometry at City  112 places  First year General science Ophthalmic lenses and dispensing Clinical skills  Second year Clinical skills Contact lenses Binocular vision Ophthalmic lenses and dispensing  Third year Examining members of the public. School of Health Sciences
  18. 18. History First centre for ophthalmic training in UK Northampton Institute Course opened in 1898 But Modern Facilities Clinical skills suite Fight for Sight Clinic, Bath Street Optics and Clinical Skills suites renovated summer 2011 ~ £200,000 £265,000 Clinical Equipment this year School of Health Sciences
  19. 19. New Clinical Skills Centre
  20. 20. New Clinics – open early 2015
  21. 21. The Programme Course revamped for 2012 • More tutorials • More Advanced Clinical Techniques • Clinically Confident & Competent Optometrist • Meet the Changing profession • Pastoral care • Open door policy School of Health Sciences
  22. 22. Research High Quality Research Diverse Staff 20 full-time staff; Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Orthoptists, Dispensing Opticians, Biologists, Physicists High Quality Teaching Four staff members have won teaching awards One Fellow of the Royal Society School of Health Sciences
  23. 23. Teaching Specialist staff teaching in areas underpinned by their research and clinical expertise School of Health Sciences
  24. 24. Clinical Expertise  Moorfields Eye Hospital – the best eye hospital in Europe  Paediatric, Low Vision & Special Needs clinics  High quality facilities with a rolling investment plan and sponsorship  Assessments designed to prepare you for your pre-registration period  Open a High Street Practice in The City of London School of Health Sciences
  25. 25. Student Voice Student staff liaison meetings Departmental level Student affairs meetings School level Optometry Society Annual Eye Ball School of Health Sciences
  26. 26. City @ London 2012 School of Health Sciences
  27. 27. Employment Almost 100% employment Assistance with applications Large companies visit Careers page on intranet – CV writing/interview 3 City students were offered pre-registration places at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2012 (4 places available) School of Health Sciences
  28. 28. A-Level Requirements Requirements vary between departments 380 UCAS tariff points (AAB + C at AS) At City preferred subjects are: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology 3 preferred of 4 subjects to AS level 2 preferred of 3 subjects to AS level Minimum of grade C at GCSE in English language and other science subject
  29. 29. Seeing is believing
  30. 30. Entry requirements at City  > 75% in Dispensing diploma - practical and theory  Minimum of 2:1 in science / medicine related degree  Access to Medicine and Medical Bio Sciences City and Islington College only Minimum 73 credits  Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing City and Islington College only School of Health Sciences
  31. 31. Seeing is believing
  32. 32. Good Luck for the Future School of Health Sciences

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