Disorders of Refraction

This micro skills course will provide users with knowledge about types of refractive error, contact lenses and their complications and principles of refractive surgery. An explanation of optometry referral letters is also described.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of General Practitioners

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Differentiate between myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism
  3. Define presbyopia and its implications
  4. List the common problems associated with contact lenses
  5. Describe the principles of refractive surgery
  6. List types of low vision aids including magnifiers
  7. Describe the GOS 18 referral form used by optometrists

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.