2 x 1-hour lectures per semester
1 x 2-hour seminar per semester
6 x 7-hour workshops per semester
1 x 3-hour practical-1 per semester
2 x 3-hour practical-2s per semester
1 x 2.5-hour project work weekly
1 3 of OPTO8001, OPTO8002, OPTO8003
2 Admission into BMSVMOPT-Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
OPTO8007 - Clinical Placements 1
Assumed knowledge
Pharmacology. Content and clinical skills such as can be obtained in second, third and fourth year Optometry topics.
Assignments; Examination; Project; Presentations; Peer and self review; Compulsory attendance at workshops.
Topic description

This topic has three areas of focus: contact lens practice, paediatric and binocular vision and research.

The contact lens teaching covers the following content areas: Contact Lens Fitting; Examination Procedures for Contact Lens Patients; Care and Maintenance; The Cornea in Contact Lens Wear; Contact Lens Related Ocular Complications; Special Contact Lens Fitting / New technologies; Business Aspects of Contact Lens Practice.

The binocular vision and paediatrics teaching covers the following content areas: Diagnosis of a Deviation of the Visual Axes; Adaptations Associated with Deviated Visual Axes; Accommodation and vergence disorders; Childhood visual development and disorders; Examining children; Childhood development and learning; Interprofessional care of children; Therapeutic intervention and Management of Disorders.

The research project crosses the three Optometry topics in three semesters. Students are required to select a research project, write a 10-page NHMRC styled grant proposal, submit and receive ethical approval for the project.

Educational aims

This topic builds on the fundamental optometry knowledge and skills students have acquired in preceding semesters. Coupled with the commencement of their clinical training, this topic enables the building of advanced skills and knowledge in the following areas: contact lens practice, binocular vision and paediatrics. This will empower students to engage broadly in contact lens practice, to manage clinically the spectrum of binocular vision disorders and to engage in paediatric care, including in multi-disciplinary care. Students will also learn how to plan, organise and commence a substantial research project.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an extended understanding of contact lens practice
  2. Demonstrate an in depth understanding of oculomotor and binocular vision disorders
  3. Demonstrate an extended understanding of childhood development, including visual development and learning
  4. Demonstrate strategies for fitting soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses
  5. Demonstrate strategies for managing contact lens patients
  6. Demonstrate strategies for managing the spectrum of binocular vision disorders
  7. Demonstrate strategies for engaging with, examining and managing paediatric patients
  8. Plan and organise a substantial research project

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.