CPD: Posterior cortical atrophy (AU 2C, NZ 0.5CD)


Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) is a dementia syndrome in which the most prominent symptom is visual impairment due to degeneration of the posterior regions of the cortex.

As may be expected for people experiencing poor vision, the first port of call for patients is often their optometrist.

This CPD course describes the symptoms of posterior cortical atrophy so that they may be more easily recognised, and describes some of the current research being carried out to understand more about the condition.

Points available

Australia: 2 C points, self-accredited
New Zealand: 0.5 CD points, accredited to 31 October 2020

Learning objectives

  1. Optometrists will have an understanding of the signs, symptoms and clinical features of PCA, which may warrant referral.
  2. Dispensing opticians will have an enhanced understanding of PCA – signs, symptoms, referral and treatment.
  3. Optometrists will be able to recognise the core clinical features of PCA.
  4. Optometrists will understand the cortical visual impairments that accompany PCA.
  5. Optometrists will appreciate how PCA may influence performance on optometric assessment.
  6. Optometrists will be able to recognise when patients should be referred for medical / neurological review.

How to access

NOTE: ProFile online CPD is currently only available to Specsavers employees with an iLearn account. If you are an external optometrist and would like to be added to our database to receive online CPD material, email anz.profile@specsavers.com

Method #1
Login to iLearn and find the course using the following path:
Available Courses > Optometrist > CPD Online Learning > Posterior Cortical Atrophy (AU 2C, NZ 0.5 CD)

Method #2
Directly access the course lessons in iLearn using the following links:
Read ‘Posterior Cortical Atrophy’ (PDF)
Complete the quiz

Both iLearn lessons (article and quiz) must be completed to claim CPD points.


Once you have successfully completed the article and quiz components, an evaluation form will appear within the course that allows you to provide feedback and help Specsavers improve the quality of our CPD.


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