New to orthokeratology or wanting to improve your skills?

Whether you're just getting started with OrthoK or wanting to improve your skills, you'll find the knowledge you need here.  

Complete the first module for free

Select the free preview option to access all content from the introduction and the first module for free. You will still need to go through the checkout page, but no payment details will be required - you will only be asked for payment details if you choose to continue beyond the first module. 

What you'll learn

This course is designed to guide you through the theoretical and practical foundation you need to get started fitting your first few patients with OrthoK. Specifically designed for the new OrthoK fitter, we’ll help you understand key background concepts, capture awesome topography images, select the right candidates and then step you through lens fitting, the first night follow up, one week follow up and beyond. We don’t want you to get tangled up in complex lens design or difficult cases just yet – let’s firstly set you up for success and build your confidence with practical, safe OrthoK practice.

What to expect in this course

The course follows a practical application approach where core concepts will be described in video and text based tutorials, and you'll be encouraged to try what you have learned in your practice before moving to the next lessons. In six modules which are each comprised of several lessons, core concepts will be described in video and text based tutorials. A downloadable, graphics rich summary is available at the end of each module, along with multiple choice questions to help solidify your learning.

Your Instructor

Paul Gifford

Paul Gifford

Paul graduated from City University, London, England; completed his Masters with distinction in 2005 and was awarded his PhD in hyperopic orthokeratology and contact lens optics in 2009 from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Paul’s experience includes every facet of the optometry profession, from clinical practice to academia, research and industry. He holds over 40 peer reviewed and professional publications, and has presented more than 50 conference lectures in Australia and internationally. He currently holds an adjunct academic position at UNSW and consults to contact lens industry on projects relating to product and systems design, software and artificial intelligence solutions.

Course curriculum

  • 3

    Corneal topography

    • Introduction to corneal topography
    • Capturing awesome topography images
    • Demonstration of corneal topography capture
    • Understanding topography maps
    • Downloadable summary
    • Test your learning
  • 4

    Limitations of OK, patient selection and lens fitting procedure

    • Limits of refraction
    • Essential topography measures
    • Corneal toricity
    • Other factors and patient selection summary
    • Lens fit
    • Dispensing and instruction
    • Lenses dispensed - next up, assessment after the first night of wear
    • Downloadable summary
    • Test your learning
  • 5

    First night follow up

    • Procedure after the first night of lens wear
    • Managing corneal staining
    • Managing refraction outcomes
    • Corneal topography difference map assessment
    • Demonstration cases: initial lens fit and first night follow up
    • First night accomplished, now to prepare for the one week follow up
    • Downloadable summary
    • Test your learning
  • 6

    One week follow up

    • One week follow up procedure
    • Optimal fit - Bullseye and variations
    • Steep fits - Central Islands
    • Flat fits - Smiley & Frowney faces
    • Lateral decentration
    • Managing NaFl staining at one week
    • Managing refraction at 1-week
    • Changing lens fit for refraction
    • Next steps
    • Downloadable summary
    • Introduction to demonstration cases
    • Demonstration - Bullseye
    • Demonstration - Pseudo Frowney Face
    • Demonstration - Central Island
    • Test your learning
  • 7

    One month and beyond

    • Long term follow up visit procedure
    • Assessing changes to refraction
    • Managing long term refraction
    • Assessing corneal topography over the long term
    • Long term effects of orthok, safety and eye health
    • Orthok lens care and replacement
    • Downloadable summary
    • Test your learning
  • 8

    Next steps

    • Congrats! Now you are ready to expand your scope of orthokeratology lens fitting and gain experience
    • More resources for you, course certificate and advice on CPD accreditation.
    • Exit Survey and CPD/CET/COPE Certification

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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 14th June. We recommend taking a week for each of the six modules 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 for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

  • How long will this course take me?

    The course structure involves a mix of video, text summaries and downloadable references and has been scheduled into six modules which we expect will take about an hour per module, for six hours in total. The intention is for you to try out what you learn in practice to solidify your learning, so you can complete the learning material as slowly or quickly as it suits you.

  • 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 (see banner below).

  • Will this course be eligible for continuing education points?

    This course has achieved continuing education accreditation in:

    - United Kingdom: Accredited for 6 CET points for Optometrists and Contact Lens Opticians, and 5 CET points for Dispensing Opticians. Competency details and module reference numbers can be found at
    - Australia: Eligible for 6 hours of CPD under the new OBA Guidelines commencing 1 December 2020. Your short entry and exit surveys in this course, which we email to you, will help formulate your learning plan and reflection. Learning objectives are also made available in the first module of the course.
    - New Zealand, South Africa and USA/Canada: 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.

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Available to participants living in lower income countries

We want to ensure that this course is accessible and affordable across the world. If you live in a lower mean income country, we can offer you a reduced course fee by application. Click the following button for more information.
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