The Advanced Certificate in Children’s Vision (ACO-ACCV) aims to provide an evidence-based approach to children’s vision. Commencing with a broad overview, the course topics include the diagnosis and management of abnormal binocular vision, paediatric amblyopia, strabismus, nystagmus, vision therapy, learning related vision problems, myopia control and paediatric ocular disease.
Presented by an accomplished list of leaders in paediatric optometry, this course will broaden optometrists’ scope providing graduates with the confidence to treat paediatric patients presenting with a range of conditions. Local clinical placements in Australia and New Zealand provide participants with invaluable practical experience. The course offers a flexible remote learning structure ideal for rural or remote optometrists and those balancing work and other commitments.
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Candidates must be an optometry graduate and registered as an optometrist in Australia or New Zealand. However, course enquiries from overseas applicants or optometrists with limited registration are welcome and should be directed to email@example.com.
It is recommended that candidates have a minimum of six months general practice experience prior to commencing the course.
Optometrist Adine Wield has always had a keen interest in paediatric care due to its rewarding nature. At eight years post-grad, Adine wanted to gain more confidence treating children and ensure she is providing best practices to patients, particularly with the steep rise in myopia cases.
“I have found paediatrics to be not only more fun than adult optometry but also rewarding as you often find yourself restoring vision (i.e., strabismus and amblyopia treatment) rather than
watching it deteriorate as is the case with adult eye conditions.
Like most optometrists, I have noticed the rapidly rising rates of myopia in children and so I wanted to make sure I was up to date with myopia control techniques.
This course reinforced my knowledge and provided an additional depth to my understanding of paediatric eye disorders and the tests that we use to assess them. Furthermore, I strengthened my ability to critically appraise scientific literature, which was a skill I was not expecting to develop.
My favourite module was the clinical
placement. I saw many interesting cases and learnt lots of tips from the ophthalmologist and optometrists I sat in with.