Cataract & Refractive Surgery - Theory - Online

Ulster University - Coleraine

Cataract & Refractive Surgery - Theory - Online

This course is designed to be a complete introduction to the how, what and when of laser refractive surgery and refractive cataract surgery. You will develop the theoretical knowledge, qualities, and transferable skills necessary to effectively begin or improve your performance in both laser refractive surgery and refractive cataract surgery. This extensive course will cover key subjects in great detail:

- Basic theory of refractive surgery from how excimer lasers work, to ablation profiles and topography and aberrometry/ wavefront science.

- Therapeutic Refractive Surgery (corneal complication management) principles and approaches.

- Modern laser procedures are dealt with in extreme surgical detail, including surface ablation (PRK, LASEK, EpiLASIK, TransPRK), LASIK, SMILE. Phakic IOLs and Sizing of ICLs including the latest techniques.

- Clear lens extraction is approached from the refractive surgery standpoint: management of astigmatism and higher order aberrations.

After completion, further training and experience gained from shadowing individuals involved in the procedures or assisting those involved would continue to advance knowledge and understanding and develop new higher-level skills.

Entry requirements

To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University's General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

These vary depending on the course and are detailed online.

If English language is not your first language this course requires a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0, or equivalent. Visit for more details on English language requirements.

Application dates

Your Application
You can apply directly to Ulster any time of year. We advise that you submit your application two weeks prior to your course start date to ensure sufficient time to review your application and, should you be made an offer, complete all necessary enrolment admin.

To start an application, you must create an Ulster University account. Do not worry. You don't need to complete your application in one go. We understand that this is a big decision. Our admissions team are on hand to help you with both the form and any documentation that you may need as part of your application.


Part-time/Online. This course is taught online so you can study where you want, when you want.

Enrolment dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 26 March 2020
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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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