Refraction Training Courses (Refraction Certificate)

I was looking for a refraction course that would give close 1-to-1 support and would also be at a convenient time, due to time and annual leave constraints of work. I also wanted a course to help me get a good base refraction technique that I could then use to practice for a few weeks prior to the exam. The Optuitions course was ideal as there were 1-to-1 and 1-to-2 offerings with a Friday and Saturday available. Dr Gupta was approachable and extremely accommodating. The course was held at his opticians practice with access to all the necessary equipment and we had plenty of time to go through every single station with practice and adaptations for individual variations. The teaching was excellent and I felt a lot happier after the two-day course. I could make notes and top tips on every station that were invaluable to me later in practicing, as each part of the course was tailored at maximizing marks and increasing efficiency in time pressured stations. I passed my exam on the first try and by far the most useful investment of my study budget this year. I have also found the course has helped me with refracting patients in the paediatrics clinic I now run, especially as we also went through different ways of refracting (I was able to practice with my lens rack). A really excellent course which I would recommend for trainee ophthalmologists who are a few weeks from sitting their refraction exam.” – PN, MBChB, MPhil, ST2 (ophthalmologist), London (2016/2017)

“I had no teaching at my place of work that enabled me to prepare for the Refraction Certificate. I had attended a weekend course at another provider but felt that it was rushed and the groups were too large to support a proper understanding. I felt I had wasted my money on that course and decided to invest in high quality teaching that would enable the best chance of passing first time. Optuitions was recommended by a friend who had just passed the refraction certificate first time with a >90% pass mark. Even though I was based in London, Optuitions’ reputation was so good I decided to travel. I paid for two days of 1-to-1 tuition. Dr Gupta’s intelligence and expertise was second to none. He was able to clearly explain the reasoning behind everything he taught me and could answer all my questions so I fully understood what I was doing and why. I was very lucky to find such an incredible tutor. The location was comfortable and easy to get to (even from London) and all the equipment we needed was readily available as well as a real patient to practice my refraction on. Dr Gupta is a fantastic teacher, all his teaching was totally geared to the exam, which was exactly what I wanted. We even practiced on the exam paper worksheets as I was learning, so they became familiar. The course was worth every penny! It is more expensive than other courses but if you do what Optuitions teach you it’s unlikely you will have to waste money retaking! And I feel I really understand the process of refracting. I deserved to pass first time – and did!” – AM, MBBS MA, ST1 (ophthalmologist), London (2016/2017)

“I tried learning refraction on the job in clinics and made some progress but found I was making myself a bit unpopular with other staff who were not sympathetic to our ST requirements. Optuitions came recommended by another trainee who had successfully passed the exam the year before. Dr Gupta was very professional and well-prepared. The set-up was great and the lenses were the same set as I had in my exam. Although it’s a long journey from London, the journey was straightforward (except for the day the train broke down!). Paying for a course like this was certainly worth it as it’s less than the cost of a re-sit. I don’t think I’d have passed without Dr Gupta’s tuition so thank you!” – VN, MBBS MA(Cantab), ST1 (ophthalmologist), London (2016)

“I sat for my refraction certificate exam in January 2016. It was my second time and I am glad to say I passed! The first time I sat the exam I missed by 2 marks and because of that I was thinking of getting extra help from a good tutor as I could not afford to miss this net attempt. I found Optuitions on the College website and decided to go there for a 1:2 session with a friend of mine. It was a really valuable experience to have tutorials with Dr Gupta. I realized all my mistakes that I made in the previous attempt and Dr Gupta paid great attention in explaining these to me as well as correctly teaching me how to perform retinoscopy in a logical way, how to do the near add, lens neutralization, and subjective refraction. Most importantly he was able to teach us how to manage the time efficiently at exam and how to answer the questions properly, which I had a very poor idea of beforehand. This time I sat the exam with more confidence and I felt that I performed better. In fact I was able to finish most of the stations before the end of the time limit, including a very difficult near add station. So overall, Optuitions provided good guidance that was exam oriented and I am very pleased! Thanks to Dr Gupta.” – WJ, Specialty Registrar in Ophthalmology, Northampton (2016)

“Preparing for a clinical examination in refraction is very difficult with no formal teaching. It requires a structure and thorough understanding of what’s involved. I had done a course when I first started training and found that too much theory with too many different people joining in and little practice time was not very helpful and I was still very scattered in my approach. When I heard from colleague that there was a 1-to-1 refraction course over a weekend with an excellent optometrist and teacher, I thought that that would be the way forward and indeed it was. At Optuitions I learned how to go through the process using a step-wise approach, I managed to tease out my insecurities on a 1-to-1 basis, got plenty of practice time geared towards what I needed most, and there was simple and logical reading material to help along the way. All my questions were answered, if I was feeling overwhelmed we took a break or if I still wanted to learn more we kept going and overall managed to cover everything in appropriate detail over the 2 day course. It was easy to focus in the quiet and very accessible practice. The simulated patient allowed for practice with a selection of different lenses allowing for enough variety in refractive error with personalized feedback. I also had a lot of time for detailed notes tailored to what I most struggled with, and I have continued to use these all throughout my practice. I managed to do very well in my exam! When I first went over I was almost clueless, but having done the course early I had a solid structure and regular practice helped me get through it very smoothly, I managed to finish the whole refraction in 15 minutes, felt confident in what I had done and still had a good grasp of the extra material which is often examined. I highly recommend this course, and I think it’s a good idea to do it early so as to allow structured practice. It definitely makes more sense to do this type of thing on a 1-to-1 basis and allow yourself time to find out what it is you mostly need from the course.” – LK, MB BCh BAO, Ophthalmologist Trainee, Sligo, Ireland (2015)

“As a trainee ophthalmologist, I sought structured teaching on refraction for use in both clinical practice and exam settings. The service at Optuitions was recommended by colleagues, and it was an excellent investment in my training. I chose a 2-day one-on-one course. This gave me ample opportunity to refine my technique. It enabled me to pass my professional refraction exams, and gave me confidence in my refraction skills for clinical practice.” – EH, SHO in Ophthalmology, Dublin, Ireland (2015)

“I attended the Optuitions refraction course having been recommended by a colleague. Despite having no refraction experience, the course not only gave me the confidence to undertake retinoscopy in a busy paediatric clinic but established the important fundamentals in preparing for the RCOphth refraction certificate. The high instructor to delegate ratio ensures an excellent quality of tuition, which I feel is unparalleled by other refraction courses.” – SW, BM BCh BA, ST1 (ophthalmologist), London (2015)

“I would recommend the Optuitions two-day course which I sat in January 2015. The course thoroughly covers all stations that will come up in the refraction certificate exam and is practical. The course I attended was for just me and a friend. Dr Gupta organised it around what we wanted. I can’t compare it to other courses as it’s the only one I attended, but I think it would be much more useful than having a bigger course in a large group.” – AB, MBChB, ST1 (ophthalmologist), London (2015)

“I passed the refraction certificate on my first attempt under the guidance of Dr Gupta from Optuitions. Optuitions offered one to one teaching which I believed suited me the best. I found Dr Gupta to be very professional and knowledgeable.  He provided invaluable feedback on my examination techniques which built my confidence for the exam. Optuitions was right next to a major train line from Birmingham and I found the location very convenient. Overall the courses were concise and the materials were exactly what I needed providing great value for money. I would certainly recommend Optuitions to anyone who seeks to achieve the next step in their career.” – JK, MBChB, Ophthalmology Registrar (ophthalmologist), Dublin, Ireland (2015)

“The Optuitions revision course is an excellent resource in the preparations for the refraction certificate. It provides exam-focussed revision which is difficult to achieve on your own. I chose the Optuitions course as it allowed me to have tuition one-to-one, which is something I knew I would personally benefit from. It is however also available to share the course with friends or colleagues if that is something the delegate would prefer. The tutoring was excellent and very personal, identifying and improving your specific needs. The mock OSCE stations allowed all the new techniques learnt to be put into practice which is useful to test your skills with the exam time restrictions! It is comparable in cost to other revision courses on the market and accessible by public transport or car. Overall it is a fantastic, highly recommended course. Dr Gupta is approachable and professional even beyond the date of the revision course.” – EC, MBChB, ST2 (ophthalmologist), London (2015)

“The main reason I sought extra support was due to the lack of refractive training ophthalmology trainees in Ireland get. I also had a refractive examination approaching and wanted to pass it first time. I chose to take on Dr. Gupta’s services as I liked the idea of 1:1 teaching. In a group setting, an individual’s weaknesses are not always addressed. I was extremely satisfied with the quality of tutoring I received. Everything was broken down in a stepwise manner and any concerns or queries I had were addressed immediately and efficiently. The location was very suitable, providing a quiet, learning environment. I am now confident at refracting patients when the need arises and managed to pass the ICO’s refraction examination. I have already recommended Dr. Gupta’s services to two of my fellow trainees. The course was most definitely a good investment both time wise and financially.” – ANM, MB BCh NUI, Specialist Trainee (ophthalmologist), Galway, Ireland (2015)

“I had difficulty performing refractions at work as I felt there was no structure and poor understanding of what I was doing. There is also a lack of proper courses for refraction in the country that I am currently working in. I needed a 1-to-1 course where a qualified practitioner can identify my problem(s) and teach me the right techniques and knowledge. The 1-to-1 and “bespoke” approach are the strongest aspects of this course as there is no other such course available elsewhere. The quality of tutorial was excellent with clear, straightforward and easy to understand explanations. I now have more confidence in refraction and a better understanding and proper structure to follow when refracting patients of various refractive states. The location is convenient as it is very close to public transportation – I easily travelled from Dublin and although it took a lot out of me, it was worth my time and money! It is the most value-for-money course I have been to, the only course that offers a 1-to-1 approach with a price that is cheaper than other “large-group” courses. If you want to pass your refraction exam, go to Optuitions!” – NR, MB BCh BAO, MRCSI(Ophth), Specialist Trainee (ophthalmologist), Dublin, Ireland (2015)

“Before sitting the Refraction Certificate examination, I chose to revise by taking the Optuitions revision course, which has proved to be excellent. Dr. Gupta was very prompt and open to all my queries before the course, regarding the date of the course and the structure, making it very convenient and perfectly fitting my needs and busy programme. He was very helpful with finding accommodation and with travel arrangements too. The course was very well structured and he was very thorough all throughout it, concentrating on all the stations both from the technique and the efficiency point of view. I have to admit that I had a lot of weak points before taking this course but I was confident on my skills afterwards. Of course you need a lot of practice and patience but when you have a very good understanding of what is asked of you in this exam it becomes much easier. And that is what Dr. Gupta did for me .. I successfully passed with a very good mark and I am very grateful! I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in passing the Refraction Certificate with flying colours.” – AM, Clinical Fellow (ophthalmologist)Southend (2014)

“Leading up to the Refraction Certificate Exam, I contacted Dr Gupta to organise a mock exam. I had time with Dr Gupta to do a focimetry masterclass before the mock exam. The mock exam was very life-like. Dr Gupta timed me, observed my technique very closely and even pointed out how I could modify instructions given to the patient. I think the mock exam was absolute key in passing the actual exam. Dr Gupta’s strength is that he is patient and excellent at explaining difficult concepts. He was very clear in his feedback and has legible handwriting so I could read his feedback numerous times before my actual exam to ensure I didn’t make the same mistakes. He is also very friendly and easily puts people at ease. On top of all this, he was very flexible with timing. That meant I could meet him outside working hours without taking study leave. I highly recommend Dr Gupta for his courses and mock exams. Thank you so much Dr Gupta – I couldn’t have passed without your help. Please keep up your excellent work!” – ST, MBChB, ST3 (ophthalmologist), Liverpool (2014)