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OPTOMETRY FACULTY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

The Optometry Faculty Development Initiative’s leading goal is to support and enhance the training of optometrists enrolled at emerging optometry schools across the world. The specific aim is to strengthen emerging optometry schools by providing a clear pathway of auxiliary learning for faculty.

About the program

The Optometry Faculty Development Initiative’s leading goal is to support and enhance the training of optometrists enrolled in emerging optometry schools across the world.

The specific aim is to strengthen emerging optometry schools by providing a clear pathway of auxiliary learning for faculty. This includes access to courses specifically designed to build the critical educational skills and knowledge needed to support future optometrists.

This initiative includes access to the EyeTeach© program; a strategic teaching development program, Managing Myopia; a continuing education course for optometrists, plus access to social responsibility modules and innovative teaching and learning resources described in detail below.

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EyeTeach©

EyeTeach© is a strategic teaching development program for Optometry faculty across diverse contexts. It is designed to support institutional excellence and capacity. The EyeTeach© program builds optometry educator confidence and competence to advance quality student outcomes and graduates.

It comprises of three teaching modules: Educational Design for Learning, Assessment or Problem-based Learning and Introduction to Clinical Teaching.

The Myopia Calculator

The Myopia Calculator illustrates the impact of various myopia management strategies on the amount of myopia progression in a child and is designed to bridge the gap between research data and the end user. The tool shows the various management options / scenarios and demonstrates the possible benefits, over time, of starting to treat myopia progression.

The Virtual Refractor

Developed collaboratively the Virtual Refractor is a unique web-based simulated learning environment that assists educators to teach refraction and students to learn how to perform a refraction. Its primary functions are as follows:

  • Improve accuracy of refraction – elevates correct spectacle prescription
  • Reduce costs – reducing supervised training and re-cutting of incorrect lenses
  • Save time – practitioners are conducting refraction faster, whilst maintaining accuracy

Global Resource Platform

Motivated by the core public health development strategies to address the staggering shortage of eye care personnel and services in the developing context, the Global Optometry Resources is a suite of open educational resources that aim to facilitate the implementation, delivery and advancement of optometric education.

Designed primarily for students and lecturers of emerging optometry schools, it offers downloadable teaching and learning materials that are relevant and suitable for all other groups of eye care personnel.

Social Responsibility Courses

The Social Responsibility courses aim to identify cross-cutting issues that have relevance in development strategies and cut across all public health initiatives. In this instance, gender equity and child protection.

Gender Equity in Eye Health

This interactive module will help emerging optometrists consider the impact equitable eye services can have on a girl or woman’s health, education, work and lifestyle. Components include practical tasks showing how to incorporate gender equity strategies in programming to improve outcomes for girls, women and society as a whole.

Child Protection

A short interactive self-paced module enables you to understand what child protection means in the eye care context, the risks and how to implement measures to safeguard children within eye health programs globally.
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Managing Myopia

Managing Myopia is the revolutionary, patient focused education program based on the latest advances in research. It will change the way you understand myopia, help you identify candidates at risk and empower you with the skills to better-manage progressive myopia for your patients.

This course aims for practitioners to be able to use the latest research and clinical procedures to successfully implement an appropriate myopia management plan, in order to limit myopia progression in their patients.

The 6 one-hour modules are:

  • Module 1: Epidemiology, etiology and risk assessment videos (50 minutes)
  • Module 2: Risk assessment case studies (60 minutes)
  • Module 3: Behavioural advice & spectacles (60 minutes)
  • Module 4: Multifocal contact lenses & orthokeratology (60 minutes)
  • Module 5: Low-dose atropine & clinical tools (50 minutes)
  • Module 6: Panel case discussion (60 min)