Course duration & style:
½ day online teaching

Module aims:
The purpose of this course is to provide a general introduction to and understanding of the human visual system and the common reasons why people have difficulty seeing. To help participants understand and appreciate the effects of living with poor sight and to introduce the basic principles of making the most of sight loss.


Module objectives:
At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic anatomy of the visual system and how it works
  • Explain why people wear spectacles and describe why they do not make a significant difference for those with visual impairments
  • State and explain the causes and effects of the 6 most common visual pathologies and the potential treatments currently available
  • Describe the general day to day difficulties of living with impaired vision
  • Identify the 3 main concepts of vision enhancement
  • Demonstrate the principles involved in helping people with a visual impairment make the most of their vision


Module information:
This course is aimed at staff and volunteers who do not possess a specialist or professional qualification in visual impairment, but who come into contact with people with low vision on a daily basis. Ideal for volunteers, residential care staff, home care staff, resource centre workers, home visitors, staff and volunteers of local societies for the visually impaired and any interested individual who may come into contact with people with a visual impairment.

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