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Introduction to Slit Lamp Skills for Primary Health Care Workers

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The Introduction to Slit Lamp Skills for Primary Health Care Workers course aims to provide primary health care workers with the basic tools to set up a patient on the slit lamp and perform a basic slit lamp examination.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand how a slit lamp works and how it can aid anterior eye screening.
  • Set up and operate a slit lamp to view the eye and perform a basic slit lamp examination of the anterior eye.
  • Understand and recognise basic pathology and know how/when to refer appropriately.

Please note that this course is only designed to provide screening, not diagnostic slit lamp skills. It is designed to be used in conjunction with a practical face-to-face teaching with an eye health professional, such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist.


These modules were developed as part of the roll out of the Provision of Eye Health Equipment and Training (PEHET) project. You can find out more about the project here.

For more information about the content of the modules or the PEHET project, please email Colina Waddell at



Here is the course outline:

1. Course Introduction

General information on the course structure and outcomes. This includes a pre-course survey, which must be completed prior to accessing the course materials.

2. Course Content

Includes interactive modules, quizzes and a post-course survey.


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Slit Lamp Training for Primary Health Care Workers Certificate
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