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Presentation

Edition
2nd Edition
Credits
60 ECTS (275 teaching hours)
Delivery
Blended learning
All the theoretical modules will be taught online -asynchronous- except for the Clinical Cases module, which will be mainly taught through synchronous online sessions.

The Practicum will be face-to-face.

Language of instruction
Spanish / English
Fee
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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Start date: October of 2024
End date: December of 2025
Taught at
Hospital Sant Joan de Déu
Passeig de Sant Joan de Déu, 2
08950 Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona)
Why this continuing education master's degree?
Newborn babies have not fully developed their sight, one of our most important senses bearing in mind that 80% of the information we receive comes through our eyes. Our visual system begins to develop at birth, based on the various visual stimuli and experiences that the child receives. We know that this development reaches maturity at around the age of 12, and the first six years of life are crucially important.

A correct visual development in childhood will provide the person with a complete visual system, good visual acuity, good motor skills, etc. throughout their life, and no limitations when doing activities of daily life or when choosing a job.

Children's optometry is vitally important for all these reasons, as all optometrists working with children must be able to prevent and detect disorders and provide treatment, and where appropriate, refer patients who require it to the appropriate professional. Although it is a crucial specialist field for ensuring good visual health, there are currently very few optometry professionals working in paediatrics.

This master's degree in Paediatric Optometry provides high quality training in the latest technologies and techniques in paediatric optometry, which is essential knowledge for professionals working on the detection, monitoring and treatment of multiple eye disorders and pathologies in childhood.

The teaching staff on the master's degree course is made up of the best professionals from the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, a leading centre in the paediatric field, experienced teachers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and professionals from Ocularis, the NGO specialising in optometric and ophthalmic training in developing countries.
Promoted by:
Aims
  • Acquire extensive experience in the treatment of children with optometric visual disorders, through highly specialised training and a significant workload of hospital clinical practice.
  • Gain the opportunity to witness the detection and treatment of multiple paediatric pathologies at a third level hospital.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the main paediatric ocular pathologies, and know how to address the protocol for the care and treatment of strabismus.
  • Increase knowledge of amblyopia and the various techniques for its effective treatment.
  • Be aware of and apply the latest techniques for monitoring myopia, and acquire knowledge of paediatric low vision and its management.
  • Be aware of and practice paediatric contactology techniques and know how to design and analyse a clinical study based on scientific evidence.
  • Gain experience in examining patients with neurological disorders and/or special needs.
  • Attain skills for working in a multidisciplinary team.
Who is it for?
  • Three-year optics and optometry degree holders.
  • Graduates in optics and optometry.
  • University graduates with official degrees in the field of optometry from other countries.
There is no preferred employment profile for candidates or position in a company, or previous work experience, nationality or geographical origin.

Training Content

List of subjects
4 ECTS 24h
Online
Amblyopia and Strabismus
  • Introduction: optical coherence tomography (OCT), Angio-OCT, Angiography, Autofluorescence and campimetry.
  • Embryology and the maturing process of the visual system.
  • Amblyopia and the brain/neurodevelopment.
  • Choroidal thickness in OCT in patients with amblyopia.
  • Treatment of amblyopia from a new perspective.
  • Ocular anatomy and physiology (muscles).
  • Concomitant strabismus.
  • Non-concomitant strabismus.
  • Dissociated vertical deviation (DVD) and dissociated horizontal deviation (DHD).
  • Torticollis and strabismus.
  • Paralytic strabismus.
  • Strabismus secondary to trauma or surgery.
  • Prismatic prescription for paediatric patients.
  • Comitant strabismus (endotropias/exotropias).
3 ECTS 18h
Online
Neurophthalmology
  • General examination in patients with special needs.
  • Are neurology and ophthalmology related?
  • Foundations of neuroophthalmology/the visual pathway.
  • Visual impairments and epilepsy.
  • Neurological pathology with visual impairment.
  • What to do when a patient has epilepsy?
  • Pupils.
  • Brain tumours with involvement of the optic tract.
  • Nystagmus.
  • How is an optometric/ophthalmic examination in a patient with special needs?
  • Optic nerve pathologies.
  • What is neurofibromatosis type 1? As an optometrist, what can I do?
  • Optic pathway glioma in neurofibromatosis type 1.
  • Challenges and objectives of treatment in neurofibromatosis type 1.
  • Neurological involvement in neurofibromatosis type 1.
3 ECTS 18h
Online
Statistics and Research
  • Study design.
  • Scientific evidence.
  • The randomised clinical study.
  • Types of variables.
  • Descriptive statistics.
  • Inferential statistics.
  • Outliers.
  • Sensitivity and specificity. ROC (Receiver Operating Characteristic) curves.
  • Design and interpretation of questionnaires.
  • Preparation and interpretation of scientific articles.
3 ECTS 18h
Online
Pediatric Contactology
  • Introduction: slit lamp and topography.
  • Reasons/objectives involved in adapting contact lenses according to age.
  • Methodology in adapting contact lenses in children.
  • Contact lens designs. Maintenance and care.
  • Monitoring myopia.
  • Complications in paediatric contactology.
  • Scientific evidence in paediatric contactology.
3 ECTS 18h
Online
Retina and Low Vision
  • Understand OCT with visual acuity.
  • What do the acronyms ERG, EDG and VEP mean?
  • Prenatal pathologies.
  • Retinal dystrophies.
  • What happens when a newborn weighs less than 1,500 g? Or has intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR)?
  • Are all leukocoria equally urgent?
  • Gene therapy.
  • Retinoblastoma.
  • The paediatric patient with low vision.
  • Visual rehabilitation (central and peripheral involvement).
  • Microperimetry.
4 ECTS 24h
Online
Ophthalmic Pathology
  • Epiphora.
  • When to keep calm when there is a conjunctival disorder or in the eyelid?
  • How long must the eyeball be preserved, taking into account visual acuity and the visual field?
  • Eye prostheses.
  • Do all syndromes present visual impairment?
  • Side-effects of cancer treatments.
  • Do we know everything about paediatric glaucoma?
  • Do cataracts only appear in adulthood?
  • When can joint pain turn into visual loss?
  • Ocular surface pathology.
  • Keratoconus. Diagnosis and treatment.
  • Ciclopentolato/Tropicamida/Fenilefrina.
  • Syndromes with visual impairments.
5 ECTS 30h
Online
Clinical cases
  • Clinical cases of contact lenses.
  • Clinical cases of low vision.
  • Clinical cases in patients with special educational needs.
  • Clinical cases of myopic progression.
  • Clinical cases of optical prescription.
  • Clinical cases of simulators.
  • Clinical cases of amblyopia.
  • Clinical cases of pupils.
During this subject, there will be some synchronous sessions to share the learned concepts and solve possible doubts. These sessions will be announced in advance and always in a schedule compatible with work.
19 ECTS 110h
Face-to-face
Practicum
Students will carry out a rotating stay of 2 and a half weeks, where they will be rotating in the different units of the ophthalmology service of the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, acquiring knowledge in clinical practice under the supervision of specialised optometrists and ophthalmologists.

The schedule of the stay during the 2 and a half weeks will be from Monday to Thursday, morning and afternoon, and on Fridays only in the morning. The exact dates and schedule will be agreed between the student and the centre.

Exceptionally, it may be considered that the student carries out the stay in a different schedule and/or centre from the established. Each case will be reviewed individually.

16 ECTS 15h
Online
Final work of master
The Master's Degree Final Project can be carried out in a solidarity internship in Mozambique during the summer, taking part in the social actions carried out by the NGO Ocularis, the joint promoter of this master's degree.
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
Continuing education master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued by virtue of the provisions of art. 7.1 of Organic Law 2/2023 of 22 March, concerning the University System, and art. 36 of Royal Decree 822/2021 of 28 September, which establishes the organisation of university education and the procedure for ensuring its quality. A prior official university qualification is necessary to obtain it. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the course issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. Lifelong learning studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya are approved by the University's Governing Council on an annual basis. (See details appearing on the certificate).

Learning methodology

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



Learning tools
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.
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.
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.
Advanced asynchronous communication
Systems that enable smooth and clear communication in any situation (video chats, forums, recorded lectures, etc.).
Synchronous Forums
Activities that allow open discussions about case studies, articles or questions about specific topic. These spaces for debate aim to share points of view and encourage the participation of students.
Streaming sessions
Synchronous online interactive open sessions will be planned. Professors attend these sessions and students pose questions and address their concerns. Synchronous sessions will be scheduled in calendar.
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.
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 of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this continuing education master's degree will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Fresno Cañada, Carlos
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    Doctoral student in Optical Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Master's degree in Optometry and Vision Sciences from the Faculty of Optics and Optometry of Terrassa (FOOT). Master's degree in Visual Rehabilitation and Low Vision from the University of Valladolid (IOBA). He currently works as a paediatric optometrist optician at the Vithas 9 de Octubre Hospital in Valencia, and also runs training projects in paediatric optometry in sub-Saharan Africa with the NGO Ocularis. He has worked for 8 years at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona and 3 years at FOOT.
  • Viñuela Navarro, Valldeflors
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    Graduate in Optics and Optometry from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), master in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences from the University of Manchester and PhD in Clinical Investigation and Visual Sciences from Cardiff University. Lecturer in Optometry at Aston University from 2017 to 2021. 'Giles Van Cole Memorial Award' for excellence in research in children's optometry. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Optics and Optometry at the UPC, where she carries out her professional, teaching and research work.
Teaching staff
  • Abad González, Javier
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    Bachelor in Optics and Optometry from the University of Zaragoza. Clinical Master's Degree in Optometry, Advanced Contactology and Visual Therapy at International Optometric Center. He is currently technical director and optometrist at Óptica Vigón. Contactology teacher at the International Optometric Center. Previously, he worked as an optometrist at Centro de Optometría Verdejo. He has presented several studies at international congresses such as OPTOM and SIODEC.
  • Aparicio Calvo, Javier
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    Specialist in Neurology and Doctorate cum laude in Medicine from the University of Barcelona (UB). Since 2018, head of the Paediatric Epilepsy Unit at the Sant Joan de Déu Children's Hospital in Barcelona. Member of the Spanish Epilepsy Society (SEEP) and of the European Reference Network on rare and complex epilepsies (EpiCARE). Research lines: epilepsy surgery and neuroimaging in the pre-surgical evaluation of epilepsy. He has authored/co-authored twenty publications in various high-impact journals. He has written chapters of books on epilepsy.
  • Argiles Sans, Marc
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    Doctor from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). He is currently a lecturer at the Department of Optics and Optometry (UPC). He teaches at the Faculty of Optics and Optometry in Terrassa, member of the Catalan Association of Optometry and Visual Therapy (ACOTV) and fellow of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO). He has clinical experience in optometry linked to learning problems, strabismus and amblyopia. Topics of research interest: visual attention and eye movements during reading, action video games and visual cognition, and treatment of amblyopia.
  • Ayet Roger, Maria Isabel
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    Graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Resident Physician in Ophthalmology. She has taken doctoral courses and automatic external defibrillator (AED) training courses at the UAB. She holds a master's degree in Paediatric Ophthalmology from the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (HSJD) - University of Barcelona (UB) abd has passed the International Council of Ophthalmology Exams. She is an associate doctor at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu and the Red Cross, the joint head of the telemedicine program for screening for retinopathy of premature babies in Catalonia, and head of screening at the Hospital Casa de Maternitat in Barcelona. She is a contributor to the journal Annals of Ophthalmology, and is currently involved in two ongoing clinical trials.
  • Batres Valderas, Laura
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    Holds a doctorate in Optometry and Vision from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and a master's degree in Optometry and Vision, specialising in Visual Neuroscience. Member of the Ocupharm Diagnostic Research Group. Adjunct lecturer in the Department of Optometry and Vision in the Faculty of Optics and Optometry of the UCM. She has participated in ten research projects in the area of contact lenses, and published nineteen articles - twelve in high impact journals according to the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) indicator - four book chapters and has participated in international conferences.
  • Cardona Torradeflot, Genís
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    A Philosophy Doctor (PhD) from the Optometry and Vision Sciences programme at the University of Manchester (UK), and holds a Master in Science (MSc) from the same university. He is a degree holder in Optics from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and a graduate in Law from the Distance Education National University (UNED). He currently works as a contracted lecturer doctor (associate lecturer) at the Faculty of Optics and Optometry of Terrassa (FOOT). His research interests are focused on the eye surface, tear film, contact lenses, and vision-related quality of life.
  • Carracedo Rodriguez, Gonzalo
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    Graduate in Optics and Optometry from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). Doctor in Optometry and Vision.
    Professor at the UCM.
  • Casas Gimeno, Ester
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    Graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona (UB), and qualified as a specialist in Ophthalmology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She has been an associate doctor in the paediatric ophthalmology service at the Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona since May 2001. She subspecialises in ocular and orbital plastic surgery, and has over fifteen years of experience as head doctor of the paediatric ophthalmology department at five private hospitals, and trains resident doctors and on master's degrees courses in paediatric ophthalmology in Spain.
  • Català Mora, Jaume
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    Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and an ophthalmologist specialising in vitreoretinal surgery. He is the coordinator of the Hereditary Retinal Dystrophy Unit at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu - Hospital Bellvitge, and of the Childhood Intraocular Tumours Unit at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu. As an ophthalmologist, he specialises in the vitreous and retina at the Institut Oftalmològic del Pilar. Principal investigator in advanced therapy projects with vectors for gene therapy in retinoblastoma and hereditary retinal dystrophies.
  • Catalán Balaguer, Jordi
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    Graduate in Medicine from the Central University of Barcelona and specialist in paediatric neurodevelopment. Director of the Medical Institute of Child Development. Trainer and advisor to professionals involved in the therapy of child development disorders.
  • del Prado Sánchez, Cristina
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    Degree in Medicine from the University of Alcalá (UAH), specialising in Ophthalmology. Master's Degree in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus from the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (HSJD) - University of Barcelona (UB). Cum Laude Doctoral Thesis from the UAH.
    Attending doctor of the Paediatric Ophthalmology Service of the HSJD (Neurophthalmology - Strabismus and Paediatric Cataract Sections).
  • Diaz Cascajosa, Jesus
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    Graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Qualified as a specialist in Ophthalmology from the UAB - Hospital Vall d'Hebron. An associate doctor specialising in retina surgery and uveitis at the Hospital de la Santa Creu and Sant Pau, Barcelona, and specialising in retina surgery and paediatric uveitis at the Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu. An adjunct lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the UAB.
  • Díaz Cortés, Ana Isabel
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    Doctoral student in Optical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Master's degree in Optometry and Vision Sciences from the Faculty of Optics and Optometry of Terrassa (FOOT). She combines her work as a Paediatric Optometrist at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu with teaching at the FOOT. She has fifteen years of experience in various areas of optometry, including management of optical centres, low vision, visual therapy and international cooperation, and training health professionals in Optics and Optometry through the NGO Ocularis.
  • Durán Pérez, Pablo José
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    Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Santiago de Compostela. Specialist in Ophthalmology at the Hospital del Meixoeiro, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo. Master in Vision Sciences, University of Santiago de Compostela. Master in Pediatric Ophthalmology at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu. He worked as head of the neuro-ophthalmology unit at Hospital de la Esperanza, Barcelona. Since 2013, he practices privately as a specialist in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.
  • Fresno Cañada, Carlos
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    Doctoral student in Optical Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Master's degree in Optometry and Vision Sciences from the Faculty of Optics and Optometry of Terrassa (FOOT). Master's degree in Visual Rehabilitation and Low Vision from the University of Valladolid (IOBA). He currently works as a paediatric optometrist optician at the Vithas 9 de Octubre Hospital in Valencia, and also runs training projects in paediatric optometry in sub-Saharan Africa with the NGO Ocularis. He has worked for 8 years at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona and 3 years at FOOT.
  • Garzón Parra, Sandra Johanna
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    Qualified as an Optometrist at the University of La Salle, Colombia. Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Optometry and Vision Sciences from the University of Valencia, Spain. Master's degree in Sciences - Pharmacology from the National University of Colombia. Qualified as a specialist in primary eye care at the Andean Area University Foundation (FUAA). She is currently the national dean of the Faculty of Optometry at Antonio Nariño University, Colombia. Lecturer and researcher at the University of La Salle, Saint Thomas University and Antonio Nariño University in Colombia, and an international guest lecturer. Former president and full member of the professional association Fedopto (Colombian Federation College of Optometrists).
  • Hervás Ontiveros, Ana
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    Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valencia. Residency in Ophthalmology Specialty at the Hospital Universitario y Politécnico La Fe. Master in Refractive Surgery and Cornea by the University Institute of Applied Ophthalmobiology (IOBA). She currently works as an ophthalmologist specializing in anterior pole and cornea, being the head of the Ocular Surface Unit at the Hospital Universitario y Politécnico La Fe. CEO and ophthalmologist specializing in cornea, anterior pole and refractive surgery at the Eón Clinic.
  • Jiménez Gañan, Enrique
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    Degree holder in Optics and Optometry from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Bachelor's degree in Optics and Optometry from the University of Murcia (UM). Degree holder in Business Sciences from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). An optometrist in the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu since June 2007. Co-director of the I Optometry and Paediatric Congress Ophthalmology, 2017 (COOP). Publications: "Síndrome de Brown. A propòsit d'un cas" ["Brown's Syndrome. A Case Study"] in Gaseta Òptica, issue no. 520; "Semiescleral lens adaptation in patient of 10 years after cornea transplantation" in Annals of Ophthalmology 2018; 26 (4): 360-364; and "Parèsia Parcial de la III Parell" [Partial Paresis of the Third Pair] in Gaceta Òptica, issue no. 540.
  • Llorca Cardeñosa, Ana
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    PhD in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valencia (UV). Specialist in ophthalmology, her healthcare and training activity focuses on the field of ophthalmopediatrics (master's degree in Paediatric Ophthalmology from the University of Barcelona). She trained and worked at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona, as well as at the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Institut Català de la Retina. She currently works at the Hospital General Universitario de Castellón, focusing her healthcare activity on general ophthalmology, ophthalmopediatrics, strabismus and the treatment of diplopia.
  • López de Eguileta, Alicia
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    Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery from the University of the Basque Country (UPV). Resident in Ophthalmology at Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla. Fellowship in surgical retina at Hospital Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Doctoral thesis on neuroimaging and Alzheimer's disease. Paediatric retina fellowship at Hospital Sant Joan de Deu.
  • Luna Mariné, María Sabina
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    Graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Rovira i Virgili University (URV). She studied the specialist course in Ophthalmology at the Hospital de Sant Pau, and did two internships in the Paediatric Ophthalmology Unit at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (strabismus and oculoplasty). She has been an associate doctor in Ophthalmology at the Hospital de Sant Pau since 2006, and was previously an associate doctor at the Paediatric Ophthalmology Unit of the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu for six years. She is a member of multidisciplinary medical committees at the Hospital de Sant Pau, and an associate lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
  • Martinez Monseny, Antonio
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    Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Barcelona (1989). Graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valencia (UV). Resident physician in Paediatrics and Specific Areas at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu. University course on Introduction to Human Genetics at the University of Valencia (UV). Associate doctor in Clinical Genetics at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu and the Clínica Corachan. Associate doctor in Paediatric Hospitalisation at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu. Lecturer on Immunology and Genetics at the Grupo CTO academy.
  • Mora Valencia, Matilde
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    PhD in Optometry and Vision Sciences and Master's Degree in Advanced Optometry and Vision Sciences from the University of Valencia (UV). Specialist in Differential Diagnosis in Primary Eye Care from the Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina. Currently, CEO of the Optometry Clinic at the Centre Mèdic Naturista in Valencia. Teacher of the postgraduate course in University Expert in Ocular and Visual Care in Developing Countries at the UV. More than 35 years of professional and teaching experience in different universities in Colombia and Portugal. Member of the College of Opticians-Optometrists of the Valencian Community (COOCV).
  • Morales Ballús, Marta
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    Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona (UB). Resident physician in Ophthalmology at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. She has specialised in paediatric ophthalmology at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu since 1996. Consultant and expert in paediatric cataracts. Tutor of resident physicians in ophthalmology at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu. She has extensive teaching experience, including various lectures and communications at both Spanish and international conferences, and various publications in Spanish and international journals.
  • Ondategui Parra, Juan Carlos
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    Doctorate in Optical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Master's degree in Public Health from Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Degree holder in Optics from the UPC. Co-founder of WIVI Vision. He is a lecturer in the Department of Optics and Optometry at the UPC, where he has been teaching Clinical Optometry for thirty years, and his research in the field of vision sciences focuses on the development of instrumentation and objective measurement systems to evaluate various visual functions, in both the field of diagnosis and in the treatment of visual disorders through training.
  • Perez Corral, Juan Enrique
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    Diploma in Optics from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Master's Degree in Optometry and Vision Sciences and PhD in Optical Engineering from the UPC (Cum Laude). Master's Degree in Advanced Contact Lens Adaptation from the University of Valencia. Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control. Head of the Contact Lens Fitting Unit at the Centre Universitari de la Visió (CUV) and the Advanced Contact Lens Fitting Unit at the Innova Ocular ICO Barcelona ophthalmology centre. He has been fitting contact lenses for more than 30 years.
  • Pérez Mañá, Lluís
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    PhD in Optical Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Official Master's Degree in Visual Rehabilitation at the Institute of Applied Ophthalmology and Biology (IOBA). Official Master's Degree in Clinical Optometry at the European University of Madrid. He teaches subjects related to low vision, visual impairment and rehabilitation at the Faculty of Optics and Optometry of Terrassa (FOOT).
    Member of the Association of Rehabilitation Professionals for the Visually Impaired (ASPREH) and the Spanish Society of Low Vision Specialists (SEEBV).
    He collaborates with the NGO Ocularis and the association Discapacitat Visual Catalunya B1+B2+B3.
  • Piñero Llorens, David Pablo
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    Doctorate from the University of Alicante (UA) in 2010, graduated in Optics and Optometry from the UA in 2011, receiving the Extraordinary Short Degree Prize in Optics and Optometry in 1998. Graduate in Documentation from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) in 2007 and university specialist in Pre- and Post-Surgical Optometry from the University of Valladolid (UVa) in 2002. He is Professor of the Department of Optics, Pharmacology and Anatomy of the UA. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Optometry, BMC Ophthalmology, and Journal of Ophthalmology.

  • Prat Bartomeu, Joan
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    Graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Doctor in Surgery and extraordinary doctorate award from the UAB. Specialist in Ophthalmology and sub-specialist in Oculoplastics. Head of Research and Innovation at the Ophthalmology Service of the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona. Founder and president of the NGO Ocularis Association. CEO of BcnInnova Technological Evolutions (innovative company in eyetracking). President of the Spanish Society of Ocular and Orbital Plastic Surgery from 2015 to 2019, and editor of the journal Annals de Oftalmología from 1998 to 2003.
  • Puigventós Rosanas, Enric
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    Degree holder in Optics and Optometry from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Master's degree in Vision Sciences from the UPC. President of the Council for Continuing Education in Optics and Optometry of the Government of Catalonia. Project coordinator in the field of optometry cooperation and training at the NGO Ocularis. He has been a member of the optometry team in the ophthalmology service at the Hospital Pediàtric Sant Joan de Déu for over ten years.
  • Romeu Cerrillo, Gemma
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    Graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona (UB). Specialist in Ophthalmology. She holds a master's degree in Paediatric Ophthalmology from the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (UB) and is an associate doctor specialising in neuro-ophthalmology and strabismus at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu.
  • Salvador Hernandez, Hector
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    Associate doctor in the Oncology and Hematology Service of the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona for more than ten years, and head of the Neurocutaneous Diseases and Cancer Predisposition area. His areas of specialisation are the detection and early diagnosis of the main syndromes that cause tumours in childhood, and the medical management of the tumours associated with them. Another major area of his work is the medical treatment of optic tract gliomas and neurofibromas associated with neurofibromatosis.
  • Serra Castanera, Alicia
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    Graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), specialising in ophthalmology. Consultant attached to the Ophthalmology Service of the Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona. She has more than thirty years of experience in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. Head of the Paediatric Glaucoma section, with CSUR (Centres, Services and Reference Units) accreditation from the Spanish Ministry of Health. Head of the Retinopathy of Prematurity section. Head of the Telemedicine programme for screening for Retinopathy of Prematurity in Catalonia since 2011.
  • Viñuela Navarro, Valldeflors
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    Graduate in Optics and Optometry from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), master in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences from the University of Manchester and PhD in Clinical Investigation and Visual Sciences from Cardiff University. Lecturer in Optometry at Aston University from 2017 to 2021. 'Giles Van Cole Memorial Award' for excellence in research in children's optometry. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Optics and Optometry at the UPC, where she carries out her professional, teaching and research work.
  • Yeste Mayoral, Begoña
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    Degree holder in Optics and Optometry from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). She holds a postgraduate degree in Binocular Disorders and Visual Therapy from the Centre for Optometry and Visual Therapy (CEO) in Pamplona. Master's degree in Optometry and Vision Sciences from the UPC. She has fifteen years of experience in clinical optometry, with ten of those years spent working in paediatric optometry in the Ophthalmology service of the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona.

Career opportunities

  • Head of optometry departments in hospitals or clinics.
  • Head of optometry department in optical establishments.
  • Specialists in paediatric optometry.

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