1 x 1-hour lecture-1 once-only
1 x 1-hour lecture-2 weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
2 x 3-hour practicals weekly
1 x 2-hour independent study weekly
1 Admission into BMSVMOPT-Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry
2 4 of MMED3934, MMED3937, OPTO3002, OPTO3006
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
1 OPTO3001 - Knowledge of Health and Illness for Optometrists
2 MMED3940 - Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Examination; Assignments; Clinical skills assessments; Logbook
Topic description

This topic will introduce the theory, practice and understanding of clinical skills for optometry. It will provide the knowledge and training of optometric procedures for the examination, diagnosis, treatment of visual and ocular conditions using current best-practice methodology, evidence based practice. Case history, assessment of visual function, subjective and objective refraction skills will be acquired. Anterior and posterior segments of the eye will be examined incorporating various imaging devices using the latest innovations. Assessment of visual fields, ocular motility and pupillary responses will be included. An understanding of various skills to facilitate the diagnosis of various visual, ocular and cranial conditions will be attained.

Educational aims

In this topic:

  • Students will learn the theory and practical skills of individual clinical techniques for assessing vision and ocular health
  • Students will begin to develop an understanding of an optometric consultation and the necessary communication skills through observing and performing examinations
  • Students will begin to learn how to synthesize clinical information in order to manage patient's visual anomalies
  • Students will begin to gain an understanding of the scope of clinical practice
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Obtain a case history and develop effective communication
  2. Test visual acuity and visual function
  3. Detect and correct refractive errors with spectacles
  4. Examine the health of the eye with specific optometric instruments
  5. Begin to synthesize clinical information obtained through examination and develop action plans to assess and rectify anomalies

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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