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This subject is designed to provide optometrists with the opportunity to extend their capabilities in contact lens practice. Optometrists will explore contemporary evidence-based information regarding common in-practice contact lens issues including: use of clinical grading scales; contact lens discomfort; microbiology and infection associated with contact lens wear; and the impact of new materials, lens designs and solutions. Optometrists will also extend their knowledge in advanced contact lens fitting such as: toric rigid lens fitting; contact lenses for keratoconus; orthokeratology and the fitting of contact lenses after corneal surgery.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject the enrolled optometrist should:
- have acquired further knowledge of the pathophysiology, diagnostic issues and evidence-based best-practice management of ocular responses to contact lenses, including infection;
- have a detailed knowledge of contemporary contact lens materials and designs;
- be prepared to manage complex contact lens presentations, fittings and contact lens related complications;
- have advanced their clinical knowledge and developed a flexibility of outlook such that they are better prepared for future paradigm shifts in the field of contact lens practice;
- have an ability to modify and improve practice based on dialogue, self-reflection and life-long learning.
On completion of this subject the student should:
- have improved capacity to evaluate and synthesise a range of professional and scientific literature associated with the knowledge and skills in the area being studied;
- be able to articulate knowledge and understanding in a written presentation;
- have developed an understanding of the value of advanced knowledge and improved technology to both a professional and wider community;
- have an appreciation of the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of research;
- have developed a high level of analytic and problem solving skill;
- have developed a flexibility of approach to enable better response to a background of rapidly changing information;
- have confidence to broaden scope of knowledge by consulting professional and scientific literature from fields that overlap and enhance professional practice;
- have the confidence to call upon peers to discuss and confer when needed;
- have developed capacity to manage competing demands on time and enhanced capacity for self-directed work;
- have and understanding of the area being studied in an international context.
Last updated: 12 November 2021