Part 1 is based on the curriculum from the first two years of training. It includes:
- basic sciences
- theoretical optics
- patient investigation
- health economics.
There is no clinical component and the syllabus will be assessed by a written exam.
To sit Part 2, you must have already passed Part 1 and the Refraction Certificate. You must also have spent a minimum of four years in ophthalmic specialist training or the equivalent for overseas candidates.
You are required to pass this exam by the end of year seven of ophthalmic specialist training.
The structure of Part 2 is based on the curriculum of the final four years of training. There will be a written section and a multi-station clinical section.
The final station will be a practical skills station, in which you will be assessed in skills such as:
- use of removing/tying sutures
- nasolacrimal duct syringing
- setting up instruments such as phaco machines and visual field analysers.
All procedures will be undertaken using models/artificial patients.