Accreditation of a new professional certificate in glaucoma has been granted to the University of Hertfordshire by the College of Optometrists.

The university’s course has been designed to prepare optometrists with the core knowledge and practical skills required in the detection of glaucoma within a primary care setting.

Optometrists Colin Davidson, programme lead and principal lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, said: ‘With the knowledge gained through this certificate, optometrists can work safely and confidently to manage stable glaucoma patients in the community or co-manage complex glaucoma in hospital clinics.’

The course, which will start in January 2022, lasted for fifteen weeks and mixed online lectures with one day of face-to-face teaching and another day of in-person assessments.