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Start   >  Master's & postgraduate courses  >  Education  >  Master's degree in Optometry and Visual Therapy
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08-05-2019

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Program

Credits
60 ECTS (360 teaching hours)
Modality
Semi-distance
Language of instruction
Spanish / English
Fee
6.300 €
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0.7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 07/10/2019
Classes end: 30/06/2020
Programme ends : 28/02/2021
Timetable
Monday: 09:30 to 13:30 | 15:30 to 19:30
Sunday: 09:30 to 13:30 | 15:30 to 19:30
Taught at
Facultat d'Òptica i Optometria de Terrassa - FOOT
c/ Violinista Vellsolà, 37
Terrassa
Centre Universitari de la Visió - CUV
Passeig del Vint-i-dos de Juliol, 660
Terrassa
Why this programme?
Visual Therapy is a branch of optometry, which aims to develop and maximise the individual's visual abilities, and to integrate them with the other senses, working on an interdisciplinary basis with other health professionals. To achieve this, specific and personalised visual training programmes are designed for each patient, including the use of ophthalmic lenses, prisms, contact lenses and various materials for exercises in the optometric surgery and at home. Performing these exercises leads to an improvement in visual performance in the population (in children and adults).

The Master's degree in Optometry and Visual Therapy will provide all optometrists interested in training in new techniques in the field of advanced diagnosis of visual problems (binocular and accommodative disorders, strabismus, amblyopia and brain damage), and in the processing of visual information related to learning problems. Students will also receive training in scientific research techniques, creating added value for the optometric profession based on theoretical, practical and scientific foundations.

All the diagnostic and treatment techniques that are currently used in the visual therapies field will be studied on this master's degree course. They will be covered based on the scientific evidence available for each technique, as well as the professional experience of the various speakers.

The foundations of visual therapy and other knowledge related to vision and visual development, which enable multidisciplinary work in daily clinical practice, are taught on the bachelor's degree course in optics and optometry.

The master's degree will include international teaching staff who will contribute their expertise. It also includes clinical internships in optometric centres.
Promoted by:
Aims
  • To develop a correct strategy for conducting an optometry and visual therapy consultation, implementing the diagnosis of any visual difficulty or disorder, and scheduling the treatment to improve or resolve the problem.
  • To design optometric projects based on the students' own clinical or academic experience for endorsement before the scientific community.
  • To implement communication strategies to facilitate interdisciplinary work.
Who is it for?
  • Holders of diplomas in optics and optometry.
  • Graduates in optics and optometry.
  • University graduates (with official degrees) in the optometry field from other countries.

No preferable employment situation, position in the company or previous work experience is required for candidates, nor nationality or geographical origin.

Training Content

List of subjects
8 ECTS 48h
Advanced Optometric Exam
  • Anamnesis and symptoms.
  • Binocular disorders.
  • Types of strabismus (concomitant, non-concomitant, syndromes, torticollis).
  • Amblyopia.
  • Nystagmus.
  • Visual disorders in brain lesions.
  • Visual-vestibular evaluation.
  • Clinical considerations when using prisms.
  • Clinical considerations when using occlusions (total and partial).
  • Motor evaluation of the visual system.
  • Sensory evaluation of the visual system. ¿ Advanced diagnostic techniques (Eyetrackers, etc...)
6 ECTS 36h
Learning Problems
  • Introduction to the concept of learning.
  • Neurological routes: how a visual impairment affects school learning.
  • Theories of development and relationship with the visual system. 
  • Diagnostic tests of visual processing involved in learning problems. 
  • Visual efficiency tests.
  • Communication with other professionals. 
  • Optometric treatment in learning tests.

8 ECTS 48h
Techniques of Visual Therapy
  • Space design in vision therapy.
  • Instruments and material.
  • Design of a visual therapy programme.
  • Visual therapy in: 
    • Binocular disorders. 
    • Strabismus (concomitant, non-concomitant, syndromes, torticollis).
    • Amblyopia.
    • Nystagmus.
    • Problems with reading and writing and mathematics.
    • Problems with laterality and right/left confusion.
    • Loss of the visual field (hemianopia, peripheral loss...)
    • Vision and Sport.
3 ECTS 18h
Visual Neuroscience
  • Visual system development: physiological foundations.
  • Magnocellular and parvocellular pathways, structure and function.
  • Visual pathways: retinogeniculocortical, retinocollicular, retino-pulvinar.
  • Primary visual cortical areas and areas of association, structure and functions.
  • Neurobiology of amblyopia and strabismus.
  • Neurobiology of agnosias.
  • Neural plasticity: Definition, molecular biology, critical stages of the visual system.
  • Biological foundations of language.
  • Neurobiology of aphasia.
  • Neurobiological foundations of reading and writing and mathematical calculus.
3 ECTS 18h
Advanced Visual-Vestibular Integration Therapy
  • Anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system.
  • Common pathologies, signs and symptoms of the vestibular patient.
  • Evaluation and treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
  • Evaluation of the vestibular patient, central and peripheral syndromes.
  • Introduction to vestibular reeducation.
3 ECTS 18h
Visual Problems Associated with Brain Injury
  • Management of brain teasers.
  • Visual abilities affected by brain shock and brain damage (ABI Acquired Brain Injury).
  • Optometric handlling of dizziness.
  • Evaluation and treatment of parasites and paralysis of the Ocular Extra Muscles.
  • Losses of the visual field and visual neglect.
  • Visual aspects about posture, mobility and recovery in reading.

3 ECTS 18h
Motor Development in Relation to the Visual System
  • Introduction to the development of the human being.
  • Development of learning.
  • Mechanisms that develop primitive reflexes.
  • Primary reflexes.
  • Evaluation, scoring and integration of reflexes.
  • Periodic evaluations and reviews.
  • Practical cases.
3 ECTS 18h
Photo Stimulation
  • Knowledge of light for visual health.
  • Visual neurophysiology.
  • Clinical action. Optometric tests.
  • Specific tests (pupillary study, functional fields, Van Orden star).
  • Interpretation.
  • Colour filters. Visual action.
  • Practical cases.
3 ECTS 18h
Multidisciplinary Procedures in Learning Problems
  • Evaluation and treatment tools in hearing aids.
  • Psychopedagogical evaluation and treatment tools.
  • Evaluation and treatment tools in psychology.
  • Special populations (Down and Asperger's syndromes, Autism, intellectually gifted cases, etc.).
  • Evaluation and treatment tools in speech therapy.
3 ECTS 18h
Research Techniques in Visual Therapy
  • Types of scientific studies based on the evidence they provide.
  • Design of the main types of scientific studies.
  • Data types.
  • Data analysis based on the type: parametric and non-parametric statistics.
  •  Descriptive statistics for the two types of data: Gaussian bells and normal data.
  • Inferential statistics for the two types of data (presenting the names of the typical tests).
  • More detailed description of the 2 typical T-Test and correlation tests.
  • Sensitivity and specificity of a test. ROC curve.
  • Practical sessions with Minitab, Excel, etc.
  • Professional communication.
  • Realization of reports for other professionals.
5 ECTS 102h
Practices in Centers Specialized in Visual Therapy

The main objective of this subject is for students to improve their clinical skills in visual therapy, applying most of the techniques they have learned during the master's degree to real patients.

  • Select and correctly apply in each case the skills, abilities and competences in visual therapy and advanced optometry acquired beforehand.
  • Know the different protocols for action for visual therapy depending on ech patient.
  • Perform and interpret the necessary supplementary tests in vision examinations.
  • Produce a clinical record appropriate to the patient's profile. Encourage collaboration with other healthcare professionals.

These internships will take place in visual therapy health facilities belonging to the Catalan Optometry and Visual Therapy Association (ACOTV) under the supervision of an in-company tutor, who will direct and supervise the student's work.

The company tutors will have instructions in the form of a rubric at their disposal, to guide them in their assessment of the students.

12 ECTS 0h
Master Final Project

The Master's Thesis (MT) is an in-depth study of a topic or problem associated with visual therapy, in order to demonstrate the student's ability to apply the competences acquired in the master's degree course.

  • Write and review documents with the appropriate format, content, structure, linguistic correction and register.
  • Evaluate results and present them orally. Be able to communicate clearly and efficiently.
  • Analyse, evaluate and respond appropriately to questions from the audience.

The student will complete the MT under the supervision of a lecturer in the School of Optics and Optometry, although it may be supervised jointly by two or more lecturers. The supervising lecturer will check that the student is making appropriate progress and on the quality of the work done at least three times during the semester. The tutor will also provide guidance and help when the student needs it. Tutoring sessions may take place face-to-face or online.

After two months from the start of the program, a TFM tutor will be assigned to each student, and both will agree on the topic to be developed. 

The TFM can be done individually or in a team (maximum 2 people), although, in this last case, each student will have to know in depth all the work and present and invidual memory in which his authorship is clearly reflected. 

A tribunal composed of three lecturers will evaluate the quality of the MT and award it a final grade.

The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Degree
Special master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain it, is necessary to have an official university qualification. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya.

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Problem-based learning (PBL)
An active learning methodology that enables the student to be involved from the beginning, and to acquire knowledge and skills by considering and resolving complex problems and situations.
Flipped classroom
The contents are prepared prior to the face-to-face lessons. Practical sessions take place in the classroom, which enable understanding and application of concepts to real cases and the expansion of knowledge with more technical and specialised details.
Tutorship
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Assessment criteria
Attendance
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual Campus
The students on this master's degree will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Baldrich Roure, Núria
    Diploma in Optics and Optometry from the UPC. Master in Optometry and Visual Therapy by the International Optometry Center. Postgraduate in Sports Vision by the UCM. He is currently a member of the Catalan Association of Optometry and Visual Therapy (ACOTV). Accumulate an experience of more than 10 years in the sector and from the last 7 years he performs optometry and visual therapy in private practice.
  • Torrents Gómez, Aurora
    Doctor of UPC. Degree in Psychology and Diploma in Optics and Optometry. Associate Professor of University. He is currently Vice Dean of the Faculty of Optics and Optometry of Terrassa (UPC). His teaching and research experience (since 1990) focuses on visual optics, binocular vision, color vision, low vision and psychology in visual attention.
Academic coordination
  • Moreno Alarcón, Àngels
    Degree in Geography and History from the UAB. Pedagogical Training Course by the secondary education teachers CAP, in the specialty of Social Sciences. Complementary training specialized in management and associative organization. She is currently the coordinator and responsible for the administration and services of the Catalan Association of Optometry and Visual Therapy (ACOTV). Accumulate more than 12 years of experience in the management and promotion of non-profit associations.
Teaching staff
  • Abbondanza, John
    Holder of a Doctorate in Optometry from the New England College of Optometry (NECO), Adjunct Professor at NECO and the Southern College of Optometry, Vice-President of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEP), former President of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, resident supervisor of residency in the paediatric home/vision therapy, instructor on courses vision therapy on the OEP Clinical Curriculum, board certified in Vision Therapy and Vision Development by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and a national and international lecturer on vision therapy.
  • Argiles Sans, Marc
    Holder of a Doctorate from the UPC. He is currently a member of the Catalan of Optometry and Visual Therapy Association (ACOTV), the European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO) and the Association pour la Recherche en Neuroéducation (ARN). He has clinical experience in optometry linked to learning difficulties, strabismus and amblyopia. His research interests are Visual attention and eye movements during reading. Blinking and visual cognition and Electronic screens and the visual system in Amblyopia.
  • Bartumeus Bacardit, Marcel
    Diploma in Optics and Optometry from the UPC. Licentiate in Psychology from the UOC, Master in Optometry and Vision Sciences. Currently, and after his hospital consultation period in Viladecans and his beginnings in the field of visual therapy at the Vision-3 Optometry Center in Barcelona, ​​he is the technical director of the Revip Optometry Center in Gerona, where he develops the tasks of diagnosis, treatment, medium visual therapy and adaptation of RPG contact lenses. He has also participated in dozens of training activities as a speaker and in the preparation of scientific studies.
  • Baxstrom, Curt
    Doctor in Optometry (Pacífic University, 1984), professor adjunt to the Pacífic University, member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) and specialist in problems of apprehension and rehabilitation of cerebral lesions or stroke.
  • Berché Cruz, Francisco Javier
    Graduated from the University of Barcelona in Medicine and Surgery, specialising in Pediatrics and Neurology. The Founder and President of the Javier Berché Private Foundation, an institution working exclusively on the identification and education of intellectually gifted children and adolescents, with over 35 years' experience. In Spain, he works with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) in Baltimore (USA) and with the Blanquerna Faculty of Psychopedagogy at Ramón Llull University in Barcelona.
  • Del Pino Díaz, Luis
    Physiotherapist. Holds a Master's Degree in Osteopathy, and is a Member of the Spanish Osteopaths Register. DIU Vertiges et Rééducation Veestibulaire, Sorbonne, Paris. Member of the Vestibular Group of the Physiotherapists College. Lecturer on the Master's Degree course in osteopathy at the UAB. Director of the Equilibrio Sabadell physiotherapy centre, specialising in vestibular reeducation.
  • Fransoy Bel, Marta
    Diploma in Optics and Optometry from the UPC and specializing in Visual Therapy and Reeducation of the Escort. Full professor at the UPC since 1990. Professor of the Optometry and Optometry Degree, of the Master's Degree in Optometry and Vision Sciences, and collaborator of the Pompeu Fabra University in the Post-Graduate Pediatric Osteopathy. As a founding member of the Vocalia for Visual Prevention, Visual Infection and Visual Therapy of the Official College of Optometrists and Optometrists of Catalonia, she is a promoter of visual prevention campaigns and interdisciplinary intervention in learning difficulties.
  • Galcerán Expósito, Jordi
    Diploma in Teaching by Ramon Llull University. Master in learning and language disorder at the Open University of Catalonia. Author of SENA software (neuroauditory stimulation system). More than 18 years of experience in neuroauditory stimulation and central auditory processing disorders. Trainer of professionals in neuroauditic stimulation.
  • Lladó Contijoch, Núria
    Graduate in Philosophy and Humanities, Psychology department (UAB). Postgraduate in Professional Training in Psychopedagogical Counselling Teams (UAB) and Postgraduate Specialisation in Language and Hearing Disorders (UAB). General Health Psychologists Association member no. 2,944 and Speech Therapists Association member no. 2,884. Director of the Kantor centre. Psychological Treatment centre since 1989. Teacher of students in practical classes at the UAB, UOC, ISEP and AEPCCC. Co-author of the Manual "The Psychologist's Ethics" published by Editorial UOC (2007). Member of the "Estudio Rubí " multidisciplinary research team investigating vision and learning.
  • Portero Tresserra, Marta
    Holder of a Doctorate in Neurosciences from the UAB. Master's Degree in Neurosciences from the UAB. Lecturer in the Psychobiology unit of the UAB and the Bachelor's Degree course in Medicine at the University of Girona. Lecturer on the Psychology degree course and the Postgraduate course in Health Coaching at the Open University of Catalonia. Research experience in the neuroscience of learning and memory at the CEU-San Pablo University in Madrid, at the Biomedical Research Park in Barcelona, at Utrecht University, at the University of La Sabana (Colombia) and currently a a researcher at the Institute of Neurosciences (UAB).
  • Rodríguez Vallejo, Manuel
    Holder of a Doctorate in Design, Manufacturing and Management of Industrial Projects from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Advanced Optometry and Vision Sciences. Master's Degree in Monitoring of Clinical Trials. Founder and CEO of test-eye.com. He is currently Director of the Research and Evidence Department at Qvision Clinics, at the Hospital Vithas Virgen del Mar in Almería. He has extensive experience in undertaking and publishing scientific research.
  • Vargas García, Ana
    Optician-Optometrist at the UCM. She holds a Master's Degree in Optometry and Vision from the UCM and a Master's Degree in Clinical Neurosciences from the UM. She is the director of the Skeffington Visual Therapy Centre in Pozuelo de Alarcón and the Tratavision Centre in Getafe. She has more than 25 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of visual disorders, specialising in Visual Therapy and treatment of visual disorders in people with developmental and learning difficulties and acquired brain damage. She provides training for Optometrists and is involved in the Master's Degree course on Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy in childhood.
  • Vidal Llop, Elena
    Diploma in Optics and Optometry from the UPC, a Master's Degree in Clinical Optometry and a highly specialised Course in Optometry and Visual Therapy. She has worked as an optometrist and therapist in the Visual Therapy Department of the Teixidó Optical Centre in Reus and Tarragona since 2006. Her work includes creating games and procedures for treating children with development and learning difficulties.

Career opportunities

  • Management of visual therapy centers.
  • Head of optometry departaments.
  • Optometrist specializing in visual therapy.

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