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Optometry - Cataract & Refractive Surgery - Theory

A complete introduction to the how, what and when of cataract and refractive surgery, this course covers the basics of refractive surgery from how excimer lasers work, to ablation profiles and topography and aberrometry. It progresses through microkeratomes and femtosecond lasers to LASEK, LASIK, phakic IOLs and clear lens extractions and the complications and management of each. Pre-op assessment and post-op follow-up, prevention and management of complications, surgical variants of phaco, and modern intraocular lenses for cataract surgery will also be covered.

The course develops the qualities and transferable skills necessary for the understanding of the key theoretical elements for effectively assisting or performing cataract and refractive surgery. 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.

We are 1st in the UK for Optometry, Opthalmology & Orthoptics (CUG 2019).

This programme has been designed in collaboration with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) standards, curriculum and examination committees and is the only endorsed RCOphth refractive surgery programme completed online in the UK.


Online, part-time.

Further enquiries



Jacqui Neill

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3271


Professor Tara Moore

T: +44 (0)28 7012 4577


Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 26 March 2020

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