This topic will provide students with an understanding of the gross, histological and applied optometric anatomy of the structures underpinning human vision. They will learn the embryology of the eye and its associated structures, its vascular supply, its nerve supply, its musculature, the neuroanatomical pathways of vision, and congenital anomalies affecting the eye. In gaining a good understanding of the human eye, students will also gain a broader understanding of aspects of the anatomy of the human head which have particular relevance to vision. Understanding of structure will be linked to understanding of function.
This topic aims to introduce students in the Vision Science stream of the Bachelor of Medical Science/Master of Optometry to the fundamental structure and basic function of the normal human eye and accessory visual structures. This will provide a solid platform on which to understand pathological changes in ocular disease, and on which to base subsequent training in applied optometric techniques and in optometric clinical skills.
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