Domains: Clinical practice, Communication

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This is the second course in the contact lens series — following Contact Lenses: Core Skills – Fitting and Aftercare and is the first of two programmes covering the skills required to fit astigmatic patients with contact lenses. 

Part one covers: 

  • Patient lifestyle and history relevant to contact lens wear
  • Appropriate lens choice for astigmatic patients
  • Fitting soft toric lenses, including lens designs and assessment of fit
  • Toric fitting tips and problem solving. 

You will meet our patient, Rachel, and a group of optometrists who discuss her case and what they would consider when fitting astigmatic patients with soft toric contact lenses. Following the discussion an expert presenter covers the key points. There is a series of videos demonstrating the fitting and ‘on eye’ images (in real patients) that a practitioner would see on the slit lamp and a short document on soft toric lens fitting tips and problem solving. 

Once you have completed part one of this course, you can continue with Contact Lenses: Fitting Astigmatic Patients – RGP which covers the skills required to fit astigmatic patients with rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses and the aftercare of patients wearing RGPs.

Last published: September 2023

    Unit 1 - Introduction (~1 min)

    In this first unit Cheryl Donnelly, contact lens optician and previous CEO of the British Contact Lens Association, will introduce you to the programme and our two patients, Rachel and Jon—who you will meet in the second part of this course. You will also be introduced to a group of optometrists who discuss Rachel’s case and what you need to consider in order to fit astigmatic patients with contact lenses.

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    You can work through each section of this course at your own pace and return to any section as many times as you like. When you have finished the training go to the Evaluation section.

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    Learning outcomesUnit 2 - Fitting soft toric lenses (~16 mins)