Want to upskill in binocular vision?

I'm here to help! If you're wanting to refresh your knowledge, improve your clinical skills or test your understanding, you'll find the comprehensive, multimedia resources you need here. 

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Binocular vision is a clinical fundamental, and can be fun!

So many colleagues tell me their BV skills and enthusiasm have faded since university, and how much my YouTube videos and Facebook case discussions have helped them. I'm internationally known for making binocular vision theory and practice accessible and engaging.

What you'll learn

I'll start with my two-system approach to BV assessment and diagnosis. Stepping through understanding of the accommodation and vergence systems, we will cover clinical tests, diagnostic criteria, prescribing and management. Once this foundation is set, we'll move onto clinical communication and the importance of BV in myopia management. Always with a laser sharp focus on the clinical applications, you'll get video examples of assessment techniques and chairside infographic summary downloads to reference in practice.

What to expect in this course

In this course, you'll be guided through 12 lessons, which you can take at your own pace. Each lesson involves a 20-30 minute instructional video, including clinical technique demonstrations where relevant. There is a short text summary after each lesson, and then a reflection question and peer discussion forum option. Multiple-choice questions follow, to test your learning. You'll also receive infographic summaries and clinical data tables to download and keep as chairside references.

Your Instructor

Kate Gifford

Kate Gifford

Kate graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia with First Class Honours and a University Medal. She is an internationally recognised clinical optometrist, researcher and peer educator, presenting over 130 conference lectures in Australia and overseas. Kate became the youngest person to lead Australia’s professional organisation, Optometry Australia, from 2014-16, and in 2017 was awarded the British Contact Lens Association President’s Award for Excellence and named the QUT Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year. She completed her PhD at QUT in 2018, examining binocular vision and contact lens optics in orthokeratology, and holds over 70 peer reviewed and professional publications. Kate is also the Chair of the Clinical Management Guidelines Committee of the International Myopia Institute and lead author on the landmark white paper published in February 2019.

Course curriculum

  • 4

    Assessing vergence

    • Lesson 3 Video
    • Summary text
    • Reflection question 3 and peer discussion
    • Lesson 3 Reference infographic download
    • Test your learning
  • 5

    Assessing accommodation

    • Lesson 4 Video
    • Summary text
    • Reflection question 4 and peer discussion
    • Lesson 4 Reference infographic download
    • Test your learning
  • 6

    Accommodation and vergence interactions

    • Lesson 5 Video
    • Summary text
    • Reflection question 5 and peer discussion
    • Lesson 5 Reference infographic download
    • Test your learning
  • 7

    Mastering your retinoscope

    • Lesson 6 Video
    • Summary text
    • Reflection question 6 and peer discussion
    • Lesson 6 Reference infographic download
    • Test your learning
  • 8

    Managing vergence problems

    • Lesson 7 Video
    • Summary text
    • Reflection question 7 and peer discussion
    • Lesson 7 Reference infographic download
    • Test your learning
  • 9

    Managing accommodation problems

    • Lesson 8 Video
    • Summary text
    • Reflection question 8 and peer discussion
    • Lesson 8 Reference infographic download
    • Test your learning
  • 10

    Managing the two systems together

    • Lesson 9 Video
    • Summary text
    • Reflection question 9 and peer discussion
    • Lesson 9 Reference infographic download
    • Test your learning
  • 11

    Explaining BV to parents and patients

    • Lesson 10 Video
    • Summary text
    • Reflection question 10 and peer discussion
    • Lesson 10 Reference infographic download
    • Test your learning
  • 12

    BV and myopia control

    • Lesson 11 Video
    • Summary text
    • Reflection question 11 and peer discussion
    • Lesson 11 Reference infographic download
    • Test your learning
  • 13

    Prescribing for BV and myopia management

    • Lesson 12 Video
    • Summary text
    • Reflection question 12 and peer discussion
    • Lesson 12 Reference infographic download
    • Test your learning
  • 14

    Next steps

    • Congratulations! You did it! Here's what's next...
    • Exit Survey and CPD/CET/COPE Certification

Course Reviews

Great course in an easy to understand manner

Albert P

I truly can use it in my office and test my patient the Gifford way. I am able to communicate with my patients (parents) confidently so that they will take m...

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I truly can use it in my office and test my patient the Gifford way. I am able to communicate with my patients (parents) confidently so that they will take my advice seriously.

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I am so grateful, firstly that I found this course and th...

Mohamed P

Kate Gifford has an amazing ability to simplify complex concepts. What I enjoyed and appreciated about this course: - The course is set out in a logica...

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Kate Gifford has an amazing ability to simplify complex concepts. What I enjoyed and appreciated about this course: - The course is set out in a logical format and broken up in such a way that it encourages one to move forward. The site layout is also simple to navigate. - The techniques shown are practical and easy to incorporate in your daily clinical routine. - The videos are not long and Kate's sense of fun comes through, making them really easy to watch :) - You can clearly note that a lot of effort has gone into distilling just the essence of what you need to know. There is no tedious stuff that you have to trudge through. -The slides and PDF summaries are simple to understand and are extremely well thought out. - Kate has generously shared the material she's developed over the years, to make it easy to explain findings to patients and parents. This course was awesome in that it opened up a whole new area of Binocular vision in practice for me and I now understand how it impacts Myopia control options . Best online course I've done :)

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Well-organized course, strongly recommend

Cherryl T

The presentation of the course content was very clear, well-organized and easy to understand. The course demonstrated each topic in a step by step manner. Se...

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The presentation of the course content was very clear, well-organized and easy to understand. The course demonstrated each topic in a step by step manner. Several samples were given for each clinical case which is relevant and applicable to clinical practice. Well organized printable summary for each topic was also provided which are very useful as a guide in clinical assessments and managements. The instructor Dr. Kate, is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the course, responsive to questions, encouraged participation and clarification through peer discussion part towards the end of each topic. Overall, this course has given me an in depth knowledge about Binocular Vision and Myopia control. Therefore, i strongly recommend this course to help practitioners learn clinical skills that will make clinical practice so much easier !

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Feedback from a Busy Optometric Practitioner

shane d

The course "Binocular Vision Fundamentals" is tailored really well for a busy practitioner who wants to quickly assess, diagnose and treat binocular vision ...

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The course "Binocular Vision Fundamentals" is tailored really well for a busy practitioner who wants to quickly assess, diagnose and treat binocular vision problems .The course is very well laid out in a 12 video tutorial format with clear learning objectives,infographic downloads,and MCQ,s at the end of each module.This course has to be one of the most enjoyable courses I have done in a long time with the added gratification of daily positive feedback from happy patients.

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Thank you!!!

Leigh F

Thank you for the very useful, easy to apply everyday tools for easy assessment of the binocular function. Well presented videos With reference infographi...

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Thank you for the very useful, easy to apply everyday tools for easy assessment of the binocular function. Well presented videos With reference infographic downloads. Easy to refer back. Very well done. Much appreciated!!! HIGHLY recommended for everyone! Just basic principles applied!

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Great class

Eric B

Very helpful

Very helpful

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Fantastic Course

Maria D

This was a fantastic course that I would recommend to any Optometrist wanting a solid starting point to understanding Binocular Vision Fundamentals, how to a...

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This was a fantastic course that I would recommend to any Optometrist wanting a solid starting point to understanding Binocular Vision Fundamentals, how to assess binocular vision in patients and apply to myopia management. Kates passion for Myopia Management and making a difference to her patients is inspiring!!

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High quality course

Alex L

High Quality, well researched and presented. Well Done!

High Quality, well researched and presented. Well Done!

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Simple and Concise

Angela B

I loved the video presentation style of BV fundamentals. Listening to Kate explain everything simply step-by-step was so beneficial - I usually get lost onc...

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I loved the video presentation style of BV fundamentals. Listening to Kate explain everything simply step-by-step was so beneficial - I usually get lost once BV lecturers start talking about convergence and accommodation combined. The review at the end of each lesson and the printable reference sheets were awesome!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this course be eligible for continuing education credits?

    This course has achieved continuing education accreditation in:

    - Australia: Accredited for 12 CPD points, activity 90001674.
    - New Zealand: Accredited for 6 general CPD points, ODOB course 40203.
    - South Africa: Accredited for 6 CEUs, Level 2, 60 MCQs, activity ODO004/01/01/2020.

    We have submissions for UK CET and USA/Canada COPE accreditation underway.

    On completion, we will provide a certificate to you for self-recorded continued professional development purposes, which includes the duration of the course and continuing accreditation details for specific countries. Check your country's requirements regarding continuing education.

  • When does the course start and finish?

    You can enroll for all modules now and work through the course at your own pace, with full content available by 15th October 2019. We recommend taking 1 week for each module to digest and apply what you learn.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    After enrolling you will have unlimited access to this course and the resource downloads for as long as you like, across any and all devices you own.

  • How long will the course take me?

    We expect it will take you around 6-8 hours to complete. You can choose to go at your own pace - engaging with peers through discussion forums, and taking your time with the multiple-choice assessment and reflection questions.

  • What if I am unhappy with the course?

    We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

  • Can any eye care professional in any country participate in this course?

    Yes! We have designed this course and platform for an international audience. This topic is universal to primary eye care and the course is designed to run across every time zone. To help with access, we are also offering a lower course fee for participants in lower income countries.

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