Development and Aging of the Visual System - VISN3111

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:

Prerequisite: VISN2211

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Objectives: An understanding of the development and aging of the visual system. The effect of disease on the visual system is briefly discussed.

Brief curriculum: Development of the visual system: embryology of the eye and brain, axon pathfinding, receptive field development, development of the visual cortex, critical periods, plasticity, reorganisation of cortical inputs; Development of vision: spatial vision, colour vision, motion perception, shape perception, binocularity; Ageing: physiology of aging, effect of age on brain function, effect of age on the visual system, effect of age on vision; Effect of disease: the effects of brain injury, retinal disease, refractive error, amblyopia and drugs on visual perception are briefly covered.


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