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This subject is to allow optometrists to advance their capabilities in the day-to-day management of eye disease by affording them the opportunity to review the most current ideas on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of ocular disease affecting the back of the eye, thus also preparing them for any further shifts in the scope of optometric practice in this area. This review will include a critical examination of how the state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging tools can be incorporated into clinical practice. Given the explosion in the literature of health sciences, the course will concentrate on developing a deep understanding in a select group of eye diseases regularly seen in optometric practice (for example, glaucoma, diabetes, age-related macular degeneration). The course will, however, provide optometrists with the tools necessary to develop a deeper, evidence-based understanding in other eye diseases of their choosing.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject the enrolled optometrist should:
- have a contemporary knowledge of the pathophysiology, diagnostic issues and evidence-based best-practice management of glaucoma and common retinal diseases
- have demonstrated a capacity to identify, synthesise and evaluate appropriate scientific information such that they may construct a deeper knowledge of any ocular disease process
- have demonstrated their capacity to interpret and integrate information from a variety of sources (such as patient history, clinical and technical findings), allowing the most appropriate patient management decisions to be formulated
- have demonstrated enhanced knowledge in the use and application of specific advanced diagnostic techniques or instrumentation
- understand and implement evidence based criteria in formulating patient diagnostic and management pathways for glaucoma and retinal disease
- 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 2022