Fellowship in Pediatric Optometry

Healthy eyes and vision are especially important for infants and children. The visual skills developed during early life set the foundation for future learning. Early detection of vision problems is critical to helping young people achieve their full potential. Pediatric optometry deals with eye issues related to children. Examination of children for vision and its related may be impossible for an ordinary optometrist in a single visit to complete all the tests. An optometrist specialized in Pediatric Optometry can perform well there

Course Outline

  • PAPER I – EPIDEMIOLOGY OF EYE AND VISION DISORDERS IN CHILDREN

  • UNIT I : GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF EYE

  • UNIT II : EXAMINATION OF INFANTS AND TODDLERS

  • UNIT III : EXAMINATION OF PRESCHOOL CHILDREN

  • UNIT IV : EXAMINATION OF SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

  • UNIT V : MANAGEMENT OF CHILDREN

  • UNIT VI : PEDIATRIC REFRACTION IN SPECIAL CASES

  • PAPER II - ASSESSMENT OF OCULAR HEALTH AND COMMON DEFECT IN CHILDHOOD

  • UNIT I : EYELID DISORDERS

  • UNIT II : INFECTIOUS AND ALLERGIC OCULAR DISEASES

  • UNIT III : THE LACRIMAL DRAINAGE SYSTEM

  • UNIT IV : DISEASES OF THE CORNEA AND ANTERIOR SEGMENT

  • UNIT V : IRIS ABNORMALITIES

  • UNIT VI : CHILDHOOD CATARACTS AND OTHER PEDIATRIC LENS DISORDERS

  • UNIT VII : PEDIATRIC GLAUCOMA

  • UNIT VIII : UVEITIS IN THE PEDIATRIC AGE GROUP

  • UNIT IX : VITREOUS AND RETINAL DISEASES AND DISORDERS

  • UNIT X : OPTIC DISC ABNORMALITIES

  • UNIT XI : OCULAR TUMORS IN CHILDHOOD

  • UNIT XII : OCULAR TRAUMA IN CHILDHOOD

  • PAPER III - ASSESSMENT OF BINOCULAR VISION AND ACCOMMODATION

  • UNIT I : STRABISMUS

  • UNIT II : CHILDHOOD NYSTAGMUS

  • UNIT III : AMBLYOPIA

  • UNIT IV : ACCOMMODATIVE AND VERGENCE DYSFUNCTION IN PEDIATRICS

  • UNIT V : VISION THERAPY

  • PAPER IV - DISPENSING FOR CHILDREN

  • UNIT I : PEDIATRIC FRAMES

  • UNIT II : SPECTACLE LENS SELECTION

  • UNIT III : DISPENSING IN SPECIAL CASES

  • UNIT IV : DISPENSING ORTHOPTIC APPLIANCES

  • UNIT V : DISPENSING LOW VISION AIDS

About this course

Although perfect eyesight should come with young age, some children, unfortunately, can’t see very well. Fortunately, they can see a Pediatric Optometrist for help. A Pediatric Optometrist is an Optometrist, who specializes in juvenile patients.

When you’re a Pediatric Optometrist, your job is to diagnose and treat vision problems, just like a regular Optometrist. Those problems include nearsightedness, farsightedness, cataracts, astigmatism, and amblyopia or “lazy eye.” Like a Pediatrician to a Physician, the only major difference is your patients, most of whom are children.

That means you might work for a school , testing students’ vision at school, although you most likely work for a private optometry practice or clinic. Regardless, your main responsibility is diagnostic vision exams, which have several components.

The first is physically examining the eye for signs of damage, such as squinting, redness, or swelling. The second is testing pupil functioning with a penlight. Next are a series of checks that test eye alignment, color vision, peripheral vision, and vision depth. Finally is the standard Snellen test, which tests visual acuity with an alphabetic chart.

The course is divided into two parts: Online Course and Hands on training.

After successful completion of the online course and Hands on training, candidates must complete an online assessment test for each unit, comprising multiple choices and an onsite examination of the subject at the end of the academic year. A 75% pass rate is required.

Articles that are listed in your Recommended Reading list will be included in the assessment process.  Videos that are listed on CORE as recommended viewing will also be included in the assessment process



Objectives

The fellow will efficiently develop diagnosis differentials and diagnosis plans based on history intake. The fellow will appropriately analyze diagnosis and patient needs to determine treatment plans, including optical and disease management components, therapeutic lens and prism application, vision therapy rehabilitation programs, and interdisciplinary management with other professionals. The fellow will be proficient in successful phasic care of individuals with amblyopia and strabismus. The fellow will gain clinical confidence in assessment and treatment of visual conditions in infants, toddlers, and school-aged children. The fellow will gain mastery of skills needed to prescribe initial vision therapy rehabilitation plans and monitor and manage progress throughout the course of the recommended treatment plan

Eligibility

Fellowship is open to the optometrists who are completed 4 year Degree or 2 year Diploma in Optometry

Synthesis of knowledge about

    • check What is pediatric optometry?
    • check What do pediatric optometrist do?
    • check When should people refer child to pediatric optometrist?
    • check How do you examine children's eyes?
    • check How do you become a pediatric optometrist?
    • check How much does a pediatric optometrist make?
    • check How do you know if your patient has eye problems?
    • check Why is child's vision getting worse?
    • check Can a child's eyesight improve?
    • check What age do most kids get glasses?
    • check Is watching too much TV bad for kids eyes?
    • check Is watching TV bad for eyes?
    • check How much screen time can damage your eyes?
    • check Why Does My Child Keep blinking her eyes?
    • check What are the symptoms of too much screen time?
    • check Is educational TV bad for toddlers?
    • check What causes poor eyesight in children?
    • check What are common eye diseases?
    • check When amblyopia would occur?
    • check How amblyopia is treated?
    • check Is there a corrective operation for amblyopia ?
    • check Until what age can amblyopia be treated?
    • check Does occlusion (wearing a patch) have to be done on a constant basis for amblyopia therapy?
    • check Is there any danger for the patched healthy eye?
    • check Does convergence insufficiency go away?
    • check What is an accommodation disorder?
    • check What causes accommodative insufficiency?
    • check How do you fix convergence insufficiency?
    • check Can convergence insufficiency get worse?
    • check Do glasses help convergence insufficiency?

Course Fee

₹20000

for Indian Students

$450

for International Students

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