CPD: The ageing retina (AU 2C, NZ 0.33GP)


With a growing ageing population in NZ and Australia, this CPD course reviews the normal processes involved in retinal ageing and the impact these changes have on visual function.

It is important that optometrists are aware of the normal ageing changes within the eye so that they can be distinguished from pathological disease processes at their earliest stage, allowing early intervention with referral or lifestyle advice.

The course provides details on the role and structure of the retina, and outlines the structural changes that occur with retinal ageing. Theories of retinal ageing are also discussed, with oxidative stress and lipofuscin formation identified as important factors in the process.

Points available

Australia: 2 C points, self-accredited
New Zealand: 0.33 GP points, accredited to 31 October 2020

Learning objectives

  1. Optometrists will have an enhanced understanding of the ocular changes that occur with age.
  2. Optometrists will have an enhanced understanding of retinal diseases for which ageing is a risk factor.
  3. Optometrists will have an enhanced understanding of how to diagnose retinal diseases for which ageing is a risk factor.

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 > The Ageing Retina (AU 2C, NZ 0.33GP)

Method #2
Directly access the course lessons in iLearn using the following links:
Read ‘The Ageing Retina’ (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