CPD: Testing visual acuity of young children (AU 2C, NZ 1GP)


This CPD course considers the tests that might be used to assess vision and visual acuity in pre-school and early school-aged children, outlining age-specific techniques.

It will also assist in identifying children who require spectacle correction or who have – or are at risk of – developing amblyopia or strabismus.

Key messages include undertaking robust testing in young children, choosing vision tests for which there are normative data so that the optometrist knows what the results obtained really mean, investing in suitable equipment, and developing expertise through continuing professional development.

Points available

Australia: 2 C points, self-accredited
New Zealand: 1 GP point, accredited to 31 October 2020

Learning objectives

  1. Optometrists will have enhanced understanding of the most appropriate visual acuity test to use for children of different ages.
  2. Optometrists will have a greater understanding of the expected normal results appropriate for children.
  3. Optometrists will have a greater understanding of what constitutes a significant interocular acuity difference.

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 > Testing Visual Acuity of Young Children (AU 2C, NZ 1GP)

Method #2
Directly access the course lessons in iLearn using the following links:
Read ‘Testing Visual Acuity of Young Children’ (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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For CPD enquiries, contact anz.cpd@specsavers.com
For iLearn support, contact anz.ilearn@specsavers.com