Visual Optics - VISN1221

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: 5

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: VISN1111

Excluded: VISN2131

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course is concerned with the optics of the eye and the optical factors associated with vision. Measurement and correction of refractive errors with spectacle lenses and contact lenses forms a major component of the course. Ophthalmic optics is introduced. The course also includes the principles of radiometry, photometry and colorimetry.

Brief Curriculum: Ametropia and its correction, optometers, accommodation, retinal image analysis, astigmatism, the optics of subjective refraction, optics of near correction, optical factors affecting visual resolution, higher order aberrations, ocular correction of ametropia (contact lenses and implant lenses), introduction to spectacle lenses and ophthalmic optics, entoptic phenomena, introduction to radiometry, photometry and colorimetry.
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