Aston University receives accreditation for contact lens course

The tertiary institution has been certified to offer the Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice by the College of Optometrists


A new provider has received accreditation to offer the College of Optometrists’ Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice.

Aston University optometry school will induct its first cohort of students into the 11-month certificate on 1 March, 2018.

The university joins two other tertiary institutions that already offer the certificate in the UK – City, University of London and University College London/Moorfields Eye Hospital.

The Aston University course will be delivered through a series of online lectures, two training days and an assessment day. It is designed as equivalent to a 40-credit level seven module.

Jackie Martin, director of education at the College of Optometrists, highlighted that the new course would enable more optometrists to develop their skills and understanding in contact lens practice.

Aston University’s director of taught postgraduate optometry programmes, Dr Amy Sheppard, said she was delighted with the addition of the Higher Professional Certificate in Contact Lens Practice.

“Led by our international experts in contact lens education and research, the course is ideal for optometrists wishing to enhance their theoretical knowledge, up-skill and develop confidence in this field,” she emphasised.