Optometry 4B - OPTM4211

Faculty: Faculty of Science

School: School of Optometry and Vision Science

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 6

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisites: OPTM4110, OPTM4131, OPTM4151, ; Corequisites: OPTM4231, OPTM4251, OPTM4271

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Objectives: As the final course of this series of six, OPTM4211 will further develop the integration of student knowledge of the basic sciences with clinical competency in the areas of contact lenses, binocular vision and low vision. The contact lens theory component will integrate strongly with earlier courses in ocular disease. The contact lens practical component will incorporate a lens-wearing experience for all students. In addition, students will be introduced to the care and assessment of patients with strabismus, amblyopia, nystagmus, low vision or severe visual impairment. Students will need to apply knowledge from earlier courses such as ocular disease, physiology and optics in order to prescribe visual aids which best alleviate the detrimental effects of visual deficits. The course will be delivered using lectures, tutorials, practical classes and self-directed learning.

Brief Curriculum:
Contact lenses: advanced contact lens fitting, adverse effects of contact lenses, strategies to avoid adverse effects; practical aspects of contact lens patient management, advanced topics and future developments. Binocular vision: amblyopia, comitant and incomitant strabismus, anisekonia, nystagmus. Low vision: aids, survey or current low vision aids, adaptive technology, the multidisciplinary mode of practice.

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