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Preclinical Optometry (OPTO90024)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeOPTO90024
Year Long
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Note: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Optometry.

This subject gives an introduction to the concepts of common vision and ocular disorders. It provides training in the optometric procedures for the examination of the eyes and for the treatment of visual disorders. On completion of the subject students will be able to investigate patients' visual problems, make a diagnosis and plan an appropriate course of management. Topics include refractive anomalies of the eye including explanations of the origin and development of refractive anomalies and the tests employed to detect, determine and correct refractive errors; anomalies of accommodation including presbyopia; anomalies of ocular motility and binocular vision including their clinical assessment and treatment; and the detection and basis of disorders of the visual pathway. Practical sessions introduce students to taking and recording a routine patient history and working up an ocular complaint, how to complete a comprehensive refractive examination, how to perform a routine screen to detect overt pathology or visual dysfunction and will acquire the skills to examine the health of the eye. Additionally, students will work in small groups to link themes in vision with clinical practice.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have an understanding of the appearance and function of the normal human eye and visual system;
  • have had the opportunity to reflect upon and explain how an association between topics from the basic vision sciences is relevant to clinical practice;
  • have started to develop an understanding of the mechanisms and associated manifestations of ocular and visual system dysfunction;
  • have basic competency in clinical ocular examination, using current best-practice methods, enabling them to assess the health and visual performance of their patient;
  • be developing interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, that allow them to establish relationships with their patients;
  • be able to describe the passage of light through ophthalmic instruments, ophthalmic lenses and the eye, and assess the nature and quality of images;
  • begin developing proficient technical skills to manipulate ophthalmic instruments and equipment; and
  • be developing skills in problem identification, and applying these to particular problems presented by patients.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have highly developed written and oral communication skills
  • have the capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in written modes of communication
  • be able to work as part of a team to address a common goal
  • be able to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to new problems
  • be able to incorporate evidence based information into their clinical practice
  • value the collection and recording of accurate and complete data
  • have enhanced time management skills, in particular a capacity to manage competing demands on time, and professional focus in clinical practice
  • be able to keep up to date with the latest innovations
  • be able to reflect upon and identify deficiencies in their knowledge, and develop strategies to address those deficiencies

Last updated: 3 April 2019