Non Prescribing Retinoscopy Skills Training Day



  1. To teach or refresh retinoscopy skills which can be used to better understand clinical responses in a range of orthoptic patients.  By use of these skills, quality of care can be improved and appointment planning be made more efficient.
  2. To inform clinical orthoptists why the research at the University of Reading has made it clear that orthoptic practice can be improved by the awareness of new research on the role of accommodation and convergence in orthoptic patients.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the sessions participants will be able to:

1.  Be more confident in the use of a retinoscope during non-cycloplegic investigations

2.  Understand and decide when to use different types of retinoscopy:

  • Basic principles of retinoscopy
  • Undilated (dry) retinoscopy
  • Over-refraction
  • Mohindra retinoscopy
  • The Brückner Test
  • Dynamic retinoscopy

3.  Understand how the research from the lab in Reading is changing how orthoptists should think differently about the fundamental process of accommodation and convergence core to their practice in the following areas:

  • Typical and atypical infant development
  • Typical children
  • Hypermetropia
  • Accommodative esotropia
  • Intermittent exotropia
  • Anisometropia
  • Accommodative anomalies
  • AC/A and CA/C issues


Orthoptists Band 5 and above


One day CPD

Tutor: Anna Horwood, PhD, DBO(T) Professor of Orthoptics and Visual Development

Please note places will not be allocated until after the closing date.  You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email.

Key Areas to be Covered

All of the above bulleted points



Please note you will be informed in advance if there is a direct cost to you or your organisation for your attendance at this programme.

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