This topic aims to provide optometry students with knowledge related to the drugs commonly prescribed within their scope of practice. This knowledge will be enhanced by an understanding of the mechanisms of actions of drugs both in the eye (e.g. antihistamines) and systemically (e.g. cardiovascular drugs). In depth knowledge will be gained through critical examination of key drug classes (e.g. mydriatics and cycloplegics) and contextualised by further learning of drug classes and their therapeutic use in the treatment of systemic (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, infection) and ocular diseases (e.g. glaucoma, microbial eye disease). Relevance of the material will be highlighted by reference to drugs that optometrists are currently licensed to prescribe
This topic aims to assist students to build further on their knowledge of pharmacology and therapeutics that can be utilised in the optometric setting. The specified learning outcomes will encourage safe medication practice within the current legal and ethical boundaries of optometric practice. Specifically the topic aims to:
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