Online tutorials

These tutorials are designed to cover individual topics in a lot of detail, especially the areas students tend to struggle with like binocular vision and dispensing. New content and new courses are being written regularly, see below for more information

These tutorials are based on the updated 2020 College competency framework and are open to ALL students (pre-reg and university) or optometrists, no matter what stage of your studies you are at

If you are thinking of joining our courses for the first time, we promise you will learn something new and won’t regret it, give us a try!

Please visit our OA Optomise platform for more information

We have found those who attend both our tutorial and mock OSCEs are the best prepared for the final exams (and have a high chance of passing first time)

Our bank of tutorials include the below, we will aim to cover all of these during the pre-reg year (in schedule order)

      • Visit 1
      • Visit 2a
      • Visit 2b
      • Visit 3a
      • Visit 3b
      • Binocular vision
      • Communication and history & symptoms
      • Dispensing
      • Low Vision: Management of patients with visual impairment – NEW
      • Pathology 1
      • Pathology 2
      • RGP contact lenses
      • Sight test (including practical demonstrations)
      • Slit lamp techniques and contact lens complications 
      • Soft contact lenses
      • Systemic disease, medications and the eye
      • Visual fields
      • Stage 2 case scenarios detailed handouts (no tutorials will be run for case scenarios)

One to one Tutorials – from £50

We are offering one to one tutorials on any of the above, you can decide which topic to cover


Bespoke tutorials/support for any remaining competencies

We can create and present a bespoke tutorial, including tuition on any remaining competencies in Stage 1 and 2. The price will depend on the content and the time needed to write this presentation – please contact us for more information


OSCE support tutorial: Thursday 7th July at 7.15pm via Zoom

This must attend session provides hints and tips and discussing previous OSCE stations and possible case scenarios

FREE for those who attend our June/July mock OSCEs – the link will be sent automatically

Only £10

To book, please click here

 

Available Stage 2 handouts

  • Stage 2 case scenarios Part 1: handout available to purchase

This handout covers 8 different cases in detail and will give you a guide on how to approach the cases as well as answers and detail to common questions that may be asked

Cases: 4, 35, 36, 37, 64, 86, 99, 103

Only £32 (8 cases)

There will be no tutorial for this as all information is included in the handout, if you have any questions you are welcome to ask us

Please register on OA Optomise to purchase


  • Stage 2 case scenarios Part 2: handout available for purchase

This handout covers 9 different cases in detail and will give you a guide on how to approach the cases as well as answers and detail to common questions that may be asked

Cases: 5, 9, 13, 16, 17, 18, 28, 40, 72

Only £36 (9 cases)

There will be no tutorial for this as all information is included in the handout, if you have any questions you are welcome to ask us

Please register on OA Optomise to purchase


  • Stage 2 case scenarios Part 3: handout available to purchase 

This handout covers 8 different cases in detail and will give you a guide on how to approach the cases as well as answers and detail to common questions that may be asked

Cases: 6, 10, 12, 19, 24, 69, 91, 100

Only £32 (8 cases)

There will be no tutorial for this as all information is included in the handout, if you have any questions you are welcome to ask us

Please register on OA Optomise to purchase


  • Stage  2 case scenarios Part 4: handout available to purchase 

This handout covers 9 different cases in detail and will give you a guide on how to approach the cases as well as answers and detail to common questions that may be asked

Cases: 3, 7, 20, 41, 47, 51, 63, 70, 88

Only £36 (9 cases)

There will be no tutorial for this as all information is included in the handout, if you have any questions you are welcome to ask us

Please register on OA Optomise to purchase


  • Stage 2 case scenarios Part 5: Soft & RGP contact lenses handout available to purchase 

This handout covers 10 different contact lens cases in detail – including the challenging RGP cases and will give you a guide on how to approach the cases as well as answers and detail to common questions that may be asked

Cases: 25, 54, 90, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 101

Only £45 (10 cases)

There will be no tutorial for this as all information is included in the handout, if you have any questions you are welcome to ask us

Please register on OA Optomise to purchase

If parts 1-5 are purchased as a bundle, it will cost only £150, saving £31!

 

Tutorial information

Visit one tutorial

This tutorial consists of an introduction to the pre-reg year along with an interactive journey through the first 12 competencies, including the Opticians act, focimetry, systemic disease and risk factors for common ocular conditions (New content added)

Get ahead of others with top tips about how to prepare for assessments and the common errors pre-reg’s make during their first visit and beyond.

Units of competence for Visit 1: communication, professional conduct, methods of ocular examination, optical appliances, contact lenses, ocular disease and assessment of visual function


Systemic disease, medications and the eye tutorial

Unsure what Lupus is? How does ulcerative colitis affect your eyes? Want to learn more about systemic diseases and how they affect eyes?

This tutorial covers common systemic conditions that patients typically present with, that they are, their signs and symptoms, treatment and most important, how they affect they eyes.

This also covers ocular adverse reactions to common systemic medications

This is perfect prep for both Visit 1 (competency 1.2.3), Visit 2 (competency 6.1.13) as well as for the OSCEs, where a lot of systemic conditions and medications can appear.   Duration: 1hr-1hr 15min   Units of competence: communication and ocular disease


Pathology tutorial part 1

Management of patients using real life case scenarios of patients that attended practice, including flashes and floaters, papillitis, hypertensive retinopathy, orbital cellulitis, age related macula degeneration and many more. 10 cases discussed

Great prep for Stage 1

Units of competence: ocular disease


Pathology tutorial part 2

This will cover many other ocular conditions including HSK, HZK, anterior uveitis, angle closure glaucoma, optic neuropathies and vascular occlusions.10 cases discussed

Great prep for Stage 1

Units of competence: ocular disease


Soft contact lenses tutorial

This will cover CLs fit, CLs aftercare and a summary about  CLs complications and their management (this is discussed in more detail in our dedicated CLs complication talk later in the year). Ideal for Visits 1-3 and Stage 2

Units of competence: contact lenses


RGP contact lenses tutorial

This will cover the features and benefits of spherical RGP lenses and materials, RGP selection, lens assessment (in detail, with pictures) and final lens modification. New contented added on RGP toric CLs as well as complications from RGP CLs wear

Units of competence: contact lenses


Visit 2a tutorial

A useful guide on how to tackle the competency sections 1-4, including notes, tips and questions you may be asked by assessors

Units of competence for Visit 2: communication, professional conduct, methods of ocular examination, optical appliances


Visual fields tutorial

An interactive journey through the visual pathway as well as a detailed discussion on how to interpret visual field plots, with specific attention to Humphrey plots. To test your learning, there will be a field defect quiz at the end. 

Units of competence: methods of ocular examination

This covers in detail the remaining visual field competencies for Visit 2 and Stage 2 and the OSCEs


Visit 2b tutorial:

A useful guide on how to tackle the competency sections 5-8, including notes, tips and questions you may be asked by assessors

Units of competence for Visit 2: contact lenses, ocular disease, assessment of visual function, assessment and management of binocular vision


Binocular vision tutorial

This will be a lecture on extraocular muscles and cranial nerve palsies, along with information on how to manage phoria and tropias. Newly added: maddox rod, maddox wing and fixation disparity to help with OSCE prep

Units of competence: binocular vision


Dispensing tutorial

This will cover common topics such as calculations on BVD, MSU and differential prismatic effect as well paediatric and high prescription dispensing along with tips on dispensing different prescriptions and lens types to help with Stage 1 prep

Units of competence: optical appliances


Communication and history & symptoms

This online tutorial will go through how to take a detailed history and symptoms for a routine sight test along with patients presenting with sudden onset diplopia, vision loss, red eye, headaches, contact lens problems amongst others.

How to communicate in lay terms to patients about eye conditions such as myopia, astigmatism, cataracts, AMD, glaucoma and many others will be discussed.

Perfect for those in Stage 1, Stage 2 and for OSCE prep

Units of competence: communication


Slit lamp techniques and contact lens complications

The first part of this online tutorial will go through how to conduct slit lamp techniques, focussing on the theory elements along with a pathology quiz with images captured with specific techniques. The second part will discuss contact lens complications and their management

Units of competence: methods of ocular examination and ocular disease


Visit 3a tutorial

A useful guide on how to tackle the competency sections 1-4, including notes, tips and questions you may be asked by assessors

Units of competence for Visit 3: communication, professional conduct, methods of ocular examination, optical appliances


Sight test tutorial with practical demonstrations

Online tutorial with practical demonstrations on how to conduct a sight test for your Visit 3 and Stage 2 assessments along with tips and suggestions on how to tailor your routine.

Units of competence: methods of ocular examination and assessment of visual function


Visit 3b tutorial

A useful guide on how to tackle the competency sections 5-8, including notes, tips and questions you may be asked by assessors

Units of competence for Visit 3: contact lenses, ocular disease, assessment of visual function, assessment and management of binocular vision


Low vision: management of patients with visual impairment by Dr Jane Macnaughton Prof Cert Low Vision

This is a comprehensive tutorial discussing how to perform a low vision assessment and the management of patients with visual impairment

Units of competence:
1.2.1 Understands the patient’s expectations and aspirations and manages situations
2.2.1 Is able to manage all patients including those who have additional clinical or social needs.
4.2.1 Advises on the use of and dispenses simple low vision aids including simple hand and stand magnifiers, typoscopes and handheld telescopes.
4.2.2 Understands the application of complex low vision aids.
7.1.5 Assesses patients with impaired visual function and understands the use of specialist charts for distance and near vision and the effects of lighting, contrast and glare.


OCT: medical retina

This tutorial is useful for any novice or semi-experienced user to develop a better understanding of the retinal layers, how to interpret OCT scans and how to differentiate between normal and abnormal

Units of competence: standards of practice and ocular disease

Your Cart

Cart is empty.

Subtotal
£0.00
APPLY